On other cases, like if the flight timing has been brought forward by 1 hour or more from the scheduled time of departure or or if it has been postponed by 2 hours or more, for travel beyond 48 hours. His comments came after the aviation regulator DGCA grounding 11 A320Neo planes with faulty Pratt & Whitney engines.
"The order impacts overall 9 A320 Neos for IndiGo out of the total 32 delivered Neo planes". The airline has announced on its website on 13 March about its 47 flights being canceled across the domestic network.
IndiGo, which cancelled 47 flights, operates 1,000 flights a day while GoAir cancelled 18 out of its 140 flights per day.
The IndiGo flights that have been cancelled are from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Patna, Srinagar, Bhubaneswar, Amritsar, Srinagar and Guwahati, among others.
After cancelling 65 flights yesterday, domestic carriers IndiGo and GoAir cancelled another 48 flights on Wednesday as nearly one-third of their A320 Neo aircraft fleet remained grounded for the third day following a safety directive by the DGCA.
Prabhu said expressed hope that airlines would restore the flights as soon as possible.
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IndiGo is operating the remaining 23 A320 Neo planes.
GoAir has complied with the DGCA directive by grounding the late serial number PW GTF engines, the airline said in a statement later, adding "This has resulted in the cancellation of some flights originating out of eight centres".
"We are working around the clock to alleviate the inconvenience caused to our valued customers".
Meanwhile, the two carriers had on Tuesday said they were taking measures to minimise inconvenience to the passengers whose flights have been cancelled by booking them on alternative flights as well giving them the option of cancelling or rescheduling their travel without any extra cost. "But we can not play with any issue related to safety and safety is paramount", he added. Of the 11 newly grounded aircrafts, as many as five may be able to recommence flying by swapping engines between affected planes, it said.
According to data provided by the Civil Aviation Ministry to the Rajya Sabha today, airlines reported over 24,700 technical snags in 2017.