Flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Patna, Srinagar, Bhubaneswar, Amritsar, Srinagar and Guwahati, have been cancelled
The Hush Post: With the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the country’s aviation regulator coming down heavily on Indigo and GoAir, the two budget carriers have had to cancel around 65 flights across their domestic networks on March 13.
The flights that have been cancelled are from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Patna, Srinagar, Bhubaneswar, Amritsar, Srinagar and Guwahati, among other centres.
DGCA cracked the whip after an IndiGo flight bound for Lucknow returned to Ahmedabad within 40 minutes of its getting airborne due to a mid-air engine failure on Monday. Post this, the DGCA grounded Indigo’s eight A320Neo planes with faulty Pratt &Whitney engines along with three aircraft of GoAir.
Coming down heavily on the airline carrier in order to ensure safety of the passengers the director of the DGCA, in an order dated March 12 said that A320 Neos fitted with PW1100 engines beyond ESN 450 have been grounded with immediate effect.
In addition to these eight aircraft, three of Indigo’s A320Neo planes have been on the ground since February following similar engine problems.