GoFirst flights to remain cancelled till July 31, 2023
New Delhi : If you had a booking on GoFirst flight then it must be known that the company has officially announced non operation of its flights till July 31, 2023. Operational constraints have been cited as the reasons behind the decision. The cash strapped domestic airline company has remained in operational since 2 May.
“Due to operational reasons, Go First flights until 31st July 2023 are cancelled. We apologise for the inconvenience caused…," the company wrote on Twitter.
On May 2, Go First took the decision to cancel its flights and submitted a request for voluntary bankruptcy to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). The airline claimed that a US-based engine maker, Pratt & Whitney, was responsible for the delays that prevented them from fulfilling their obligations promptly, resulting in the grounding of a portion of their fleet.
Simultaneously, Go First has approached the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) to seek authorization for refunding money to passengers who had made bookings for travel on and after May 3. This was the day when the financially strained airline suspended its operations.
On the preceding Friday, Go First, the grounded airline, received conditional permission from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to resume its flight operations. The DGCA stated that Go First could restart scheduled flights once it secured interim funding and obtained approval for its flight schedule from the regulator.
Following the DGCA's approval to resume operations, Go First promptly initiated its "handling" flight from Mumbai on Tuesday. Handling flights are conducted by airlines when aircraft remain grounded for an extended period. According to DGCA guidelines, airlines are required to conduct handling flights to ensure that the aircraft are fully prepared and ready for operation.