IndiGo airlines denies reports of cancellation of flights

Paterniano Del Favero
Agosto 18, 2017

"These have already been factored in our revised schedule, which was finalised in June and there are no additional flight cancellations on account of these Neos", it said.

"Four of our old aircraft are grounded due to the engines being held back for customs clearance. The affected passengers have already been accommodated with suitable options", the statement read. Apart from IndiGo, its rival GoAir has also been facing delays in receiving planes from Airbus due to the ongoing issues with the engines that had been developed by Pratt and Whitney.

However, IndiGo has come up with a statement alleging "some section of the media" of spreading misleading information.

Indigo was reacting to a media report that claimed that the passenger carrier has cancelled over 80 daily flights and grounded 13 of its new Airbus A320neo aircraft due to engine-related issues. According to PTI's sources, a total of 667 flights were cancelled by IndiGo between June 21 and July 3 this year, with 61 flights cancelled on June 27 alone, due to the grounding of these planes.

IndiGo, which has 95 aircraft in service, said it had previously flagged up the grounding of nine A320neos in June because of a lack of spare engines. "While we do receive certain compensation from Pratt & Whitney for these groundings, the operational disruptions are quite challenging and we are not happy with that situation". At present, we have 8 aircrafts grounded because of the unavailability of spare engines.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation conducted a meeting with the manufacturer in July and asked them to fix the snags - bearing and combustion chamber faults in its PW1100 engines. "This has led to unplanned flight cancellations" the airline said in a statement.

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