Faulty engines: IndiGo, GoAir cancel 50 flights for today

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GoAir said it had canceled a total of six flights today due to the grounding of three of its A320 Neo planes, as against 18 yesterday.

The airline is trying to accommodate the hassled passengers, whose flights have been cancelled on other alternate flights on their own network.Flyers also have the option to reschedule their travel without any extra cost.

The Gurugram based IndiGo operates 1K flights daily while GoAir offers more 200 flight services on daily basis. It includes 33 from Indigo and 12 from GoAir.

The civil aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), on Tuesday said out of 45, it has ordered the grounding of 11 Airbus 320 neo aircraft, following instances of glitches.

The grounding of both IndiGo and GoAir airlines is on the back of a recent event, where a Lucknow-bound IndiGo flight returned 40 minutes after departing from Ahmedabad airport due to single engine failure. They would like to restore the flights as soon as possible by making alternative arrangements.

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On February 9, EASA had issued an emergency airworthiness directive for A320 neo planes fitted with PW1100 engines having a particular serial number. "But we can not play with any issue related to safety and safety is paramount", Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu reporters on the sidelines of an event here.

As the number of such cases went up to 100, the DGCA grounded eight IndiGo and three GoAir aircraft on Monday.

The government said that no aircraft with a faulty engine will be allowed to take off.

On Monday, hundreds of passengers were stranded across the country as dozens of flights were cancelled by IndiGo and GoAir following the grounding of 11 planes. "While we understand that this may cause inconvenience to some of our passengers, given that we have multiple flights to the same destination, we are proactively re-accommodating all our affected passengers on other flights", it added. However, there is no reason to panic, because the airlines are constantly on the effort to minimize the trouble on part of the passengers.