IndiGo cancels flights from cities including Odisha capital. Know why

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The IndiGo flights that have been cancelled are from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Patna, Srinagar, Bhubaneswar, Amritsar, Srinagar and Guwahati, among others. Of these, IndiGo has 33 and GoAir 12 planes.

"The DGCA (Director General of Civil Aviation) decision to ground 14 A320 Neo aircraft of IndiGo and GoAir and the consequent cancellation of flights has resulted in a fairly significant impact on airfares for immediate travel on some key routes", Sharat Dhall, COO (B2C), told the Indian Express. IndiGo operates up to 1,000 flights a day while GoAir has around 230 flights daily. They would like to restore the flights as soon as possible by making alternative arrangements.

IndiGo, which operates 1,000-odd flights per day, has had to replace Pratt & Whitney engines on its 32 A320 Neo aircraft at least 69 times in the period May 2016-November 2017.

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In the national capital, Prabhu said the planes have been grounded only for passenger safety. "We have to give paramount priority to safety". After an IndiGo flight bound for Lucknow returned to Ahmedabad within 40 minutes as it got airborne due to a mid-air engine failure, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation cracked the whip.

On Tuesday, the two airlines together had cancelled over 65 flights, with IndiGo alone cancelling over 47 services, due to the grounding of their 11 aircraft-eight of IndiGo and three of GoAir-by the DGCA on 13 March.

The DGCA grounded the Airbus neos fitted with "PW1100 engines" with engine serial numbers 450 and asked both IndiGo and GoAir to not refit these engines with spare parts in their inventory.

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An official statement from Pratt and Whitney said, "We are working closely with our customers to minimize disruption". "Flights have either been combined or we have seen passengers accommodated on other flights".

"This is only for passenger safety and airlines have also responded positively".

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