“Go First Extends Flight Cancellations Till July 30 Due to Operational Reasons”

Go First Extends Flight Cancellations Till July 30 Citing Operational Reasons

Go First airline, which has been grounded since early May, has announced a further extension of flight cancellations until July 30. The airline cited “operational reasons” as the cause for the continued suspension of flights. In a Twitter announcement on Friday, Go First apologized for the inconvenience caused to passengers.

The airline’s troubles began on May 2 when it cancelled its flights and filed for voluntary bankruptcy before the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). Go First attributed the grounding of a portion of its fleet to delays from a US-based engine maker, Pratt & Whitney, which hindered the timely fulfillment of obligations.

Last week, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) conditionally permitted Go First to resume its operations. The regulator allowed the airline to operate 15 aircraft and 114 daily flights, subject to the availability of interim funding and approval of the flight schedule. However, the sale of tickets can only commence after receiving the regulator’s approval for the flight schedule.

Following the DGCA’s green signal, Go First initiated its “handling” flight from Mumbai. Handling flights are conducted by airlines to ensure that grounded aircraft are operation-ready, as mandated by DGCA guidelines.

Go First, formerly known as GoAir, is facing significant challenges as it navigates through this period of grounding. With approximately 4,200 employees and a reported total revenue from operations of ₹4,183 crore in the financial year 2021-22, the airline is striving to resume regular operations and serve its passengers.

The grounding of Go First flights has also put pressure on airfares, particularly on select routes where the airline had a significant presence. Passengers and the aviation industry alike are keenly watching for updates on the airline’s progress towards resuming full operations and regaining stability.

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