Mumbai: InterGlobe Aviation-run budget carrier IndiGo on Friday denied the reports of cancellation of their flights due to engine failure in its Airbus A320 NEO aircraft and said that there is misleading information being spread by a section of media.
In an official statement, the company clarified that the actual number of cancellations were less and the grounding of the eight Airbus A320 NEO planes was planned in June. Eight NEOs of IndiGo are grounded, the statement further said.
Earlier in the day, media 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 failur
According to the 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 president and whole-time director Aditya Ghosh had during the post-Q1 earnings call on July 31 said that "regrettably, there have been days when we have had to ground as many as nine 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 13 days, a total of 504 flights were cancelled between June 21 and June 30, while the remaining 163 were cancelled on the first three days of July.