IndiGo denies canceling flights due to engine failure, says grounding of Airbus A320 Neo planes was scheduled in June

The Inter-Globe Aviation-run budget carrier IndiGo airlines on Friday refuted the media reports claiming the airline had to cancel 84 flights due to engine failure in its Airbus A320 NEO aircraft.

The company in an official statement said that the actual number of cancellations were less, and the grounding of the eight Airbus A320 NEO planes was planned in the month of June. The statement further added that no new cancellations were made and all the passengers who were affected have already been accommodated with suitable options.

Earlier, PTI had reported that 13 Airbus A320 NEO aircraft were grounded due to the Pratt & Whitney-supplied engine issues, forcing the airline to cancel 84 flights on Friday. The frequent grounding of the A320 planes occurred due to multiple issues, including engine failure.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The report further added that a total of 667 flights were cancelled by IndiGo between 21 June and 3 July in 2017, with 61 flights cancelled on 27 June alone, due to the grounding of these planes.

IndiGo president and whole-time director Aditya Ghosh had during the post-Q1 earnings call on 31 July said that "regrettably, there have been days when we have had to ground as many as nine (Airbus) A320 NEO (planes) due to 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".

The sources also said that of the 667 flights cancelled by IndiGo in the 13 days, a total of 504 flights were cancelled between 21 June and 30 June, while the remaining 163 were cancelled on the first three days of July.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Aug 18, 2017 16:08 PM

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