IndiGo cancels 65 flights after DGCA order, offers full refund to flyers

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On Tuesday, both IndiGo and GoAir had cancelled 65 flights, after the country's watchdog DGCA made a decision to crack their whip.

The IndiGo flights that have been cancelled are from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Patna, Srinagar, Bhubaneswar, Amritsar, Srinagar and Guwahati, among others.

The A320 neo aircraft, are powered by Pratt and Whitney Engines (PW Engines), and amongst the grounded neo planes, eight belong to Indigo Airlines while three belong to the Wadia Group's Go Air.

Industry sources are heard saying, an aircraft operates about 7 to 8 domestic flights daily, depending on the length of the sector.

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.

IndiGo, which cancelled 47 flights, operates 1,000 flights a day while GoAir cancelled 18 out of its 140 flights per day.

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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Monday chose to ground 11 aircraft hours after an A320 Neo aircraft of IndiGo suffered an engine failure mid-air and was forced to make an emergency landing at the Ahmedabad airport.

The DGCA today said there are 45 A320 neo - 32 with IndiGo and 13 with GoAir - fitted with P&W 1100 engines.

While the highest one-way fare on Mumbai-Delhi route was Rs 14,245 and lowest was Rs 5,032 on Tuesday, the highest and lowest fares for the same trip would be Rs 28,911 and Rs 9,112 resepctively on March 14, popular travel booking website Yatra said.

IndiGo is operating the remaining 23 A320 Neo planes.

Taking into consideration the safety of aircraft operations, the director of the DCGA said in its order on March 12 that the A320 Neos comprising of PW1100 engines beyond the ESN 450 have been grounded on an immediate basis. The ongoing problems with the engines raise concerns regarding passenger safety in Indian skies.

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