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Flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Srinagar, Bhubaneswar, Srinagar, Amritsar and Guwahati have been canceled. It includes 33 from Indigo and 12 from GoAir. Amid passengers facing inconvenience due to the cancellations, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said the planes with faulty engines were grounded "only for passenger safety".

GoAir, whose three planes were grounded on Monday because it is fitted with a particular series of engines manufactured by aerospace company Pratt & Whitney, also cancelled some flights on Wednesday, but the number was not made available. Since February, three other A320 Neo planes of IndiGo have been on the ground following similar engine problems. They would like to restore the flights as soon as possible by making alternative arrangements.

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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. But we can not play with any issue related to safety and safety is paramount".

The DGCA cracked the whip after an IndiGo flight bound for Lucknow returned to Ahmedabad within 40 minutes of its getting airborne due to a mid-air engine failure on Monday. Following this case, DGCA ordered A320 Neos fitted with PW1100 engines beyond ESN 450 to be grounded with immediate effect. "Both IndiGo and GoAir have been told not to refit these engines, which are spare with them in their inventory", the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said. "The corrective action has been approved and we have already begun to deliver production engines with the upgraded configuration". The grounding of 11 aircraft would affect 75 flights.

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

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