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IndiGo cancels flights from cities including Odisha capital. Know why

IndiGo cancels flights from cities including Odisha capital. Know why

Domestic carrier IndiGo continues to operate with a curtailed schedule today, with the airline cancelling 42 flights, following the grounding of eight of its A320neo planes along with three of GoAir due to Pratt & Whitney engine issues.

GoAir had cancelled 18 flights from 8 cities that included Bengaluru, Cochin, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Lucknow and Delhi except flights between Delhi and Mumbai on March 13.

While the groundings will affect IndiGo and GoAir passengers, it will not impact IndiGo's financials, analysts at Edelweiss reckon.

The aviation sector in the country may remain affected with IndiGo and GoAir likely to face more disruptions in the coming weeks.

On Wednesday, the highest one-way fare on Mumbai-Delhi route was Rs 39,480 while the lowest fare was Rs 5,720, according to the popular travel booking website MakeMyTrip.

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The Gurgaon-based IndiGo cancelled 47 of its 1,000-odd flights per day, while the Wadia Group-promoted GoAir said it had cancelled 18 flights.

Commenting on the DGCA order, the newly-appointed Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said, "This is only for passenger safety and airlines have also responded positively". They would like to restore the flights as soon as possible by making alternative arrangements.

The DGCA said that the IndiGo and GoAir flights with faulty engines have been grounded for safety and security of the air passengers. "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.

On February 9, EASA had issued an emergency airworthiness directive for A320 neo planes fitted with PW1100 engines having a particular serial number.

On Tuesday, IndiGo and GoAir had together cancelled 65 flights. "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.