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Go First crisis: Airline extends flight suspension till 28 May

Go First's announcement comes a day after aviation watchdog DGCA asked the cash-strapped airline to submit a comprehensive plan for the revival of its operations, including details about the availability of operational planes and pilots, within 30 days

The airline company announced that a refund in full amount would be made shortly.Premium
The airline company announced that a refund in full amount would be made shortly.

Domestic airline Go First on Friday announced that all their flights remain suspended till 28 May. Go First had on 2 May filed for involuntary insolvency and announced the suspension of its flights, which was initially for two days.

The airline company, previously known as Go Air, announced that a refund in full amount would be made shortly.

Go First's announcement comes a day after aviation watchdog DGCA asked the cash-strapped airline to submit a comprehensive plan for the revival of its operations, including details about the availability of operational planes and pilots, within 30 days.

The airline cited ‘operational reasons’ for the cancellations of flights. “We regret to inform that due to operational reasons, Go First flights scheduled till 28th May 2023 have been cancelled. We apologise for the inconvenience caused by the flight cancellations. A full refund will be issued to the original mode of payment shortly" the announcement read.

The airline also noted, “the company will be able to resume bookings shortly."

The no-frills carrier, which is undergoing a voluntary insolvency resolution process, stopped flying on 3 May and lessors are looking to take back aircraft leased to the carrier.

The source at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said the regulator advised the airline on May 24 to submit a comprehensive restructuring plan for a sustainable revival of operations. The plan has to be submitted within a period of 30 days, the source added.

Go First has been asked to furnish the status of the availability of the operational aircraft fleet, pilots and other personnel, maintenance arrangements, funding and working capital, and arrangements with lessors and vendors, among other details.

The revival plan, once submitted by Go First, would be reviewed by the watchdog for further appropriate action. 

On May 2, Go First announced filing the plea for voluntary insolvency resolution proceedings as well as suspension of flights, initially for two days -- 3 and 4 May.

On May 22, the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) upheld the NCLT's decision to admit Go First's plea for voluntary insolvency resolution proceedings.

The ruling had come on petitions filed by four lessors opposing the insolvency resolution proceedings of the airline.

To contact Go First

Customer Care Centre no- 1800 2100 999

Email- feedback@flygofirst.com

 

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Updated: 26 May 2023, 02:33 PM IST
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