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IndiGo Forced To Cancel 47 Domestic Flights As DGCA Grounds A320Neo Aircrafts

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| March 13 , 2018 , 12:04 IST

Indian budget carrier IndiGo cancelled 47 flights on Tuesday after the country's DGCA aviation regulator grounded the eight A320Neo aircraft with faulty Pratt & Whitney engines, along with three of the A320Neo GoAir aircrafts, the airline announced on its website.  

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

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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) broke the whip after an IndiGo flight to Lucknow returned to Ahmedabad 40 minutes after it took off due to an engine failure in mid-flight on Monday.

Hundreds of passengers were stuck all over the country on Monday when IndiGo and GoAir cancelled dozens of flights after grounding 11 planes.

IndiGo operates about 1,000 flights daily.

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IndiGo carries around 40% of the national flights, while GoAir has a market share of around 10%.

The DGCA has also asked IndiGo and GoAir not to refill these engines which are spare with them in their inventory.  

A total of 3 other IndiGo A320Neo planes have been on the ground since February following similar engine problems.