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No Set Schedule For Resuming Flights: Go First To DGCA

The airline, which has about 54 planes in its fleet, was operating approximately 200 flights per day before it went insolvent

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Go First has yet to set a definite timeline for resuming flights, the airline told the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Tuesday.

The DGCA had on 8 May ordered the airline to stop selling tickets and issued a show cause notice for not operating flights in a safe and reliable manner. Go First stopped operating flights on 3 May after filing an insolvency application with the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) due to a cash crunch.

Go First, in response to the show cause notice, told the regulator on Tuesday that there is “no definite timeline for resumption yet.” The airline did not provide the DGCA information about how many planes or pilots are with it right now.

The restart of operations depends on the bank’s funding. Our plans are ready, an airline source said. 

The airline, which has about 54 planes in its fleet, was operating approximately 200 flights per day before it went insolvent. The airline has squarely blamed Pratt & Whitney (PW) for its cash crunch, stating that almost half of its fleet is currently grounded due to delays in engine supply.

The lessors are filing court cases to repossess more than 40 planes of Go First as the airline is now insolvent. The NCLT earlier this month barred lessors from taking their planes back. The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) on Monday upheld the NCLT order, asking the lessors to go back to NCLT if they want any relief.

Aviation Minister Jytoriaditya Scindia had on 18 May said that the DGCA was waiting for Go First’s plan on the resumption of flights.

“We have very clearly said that we want a resumption of flights (by Go First) as soon as possible. They have to submit their plan to the DGCA. This plan will cover the number of planes and the number of routes. On the basis of this plan, the DGCA will decide how to take it forward,” he added.

The government has told PW to supply engines so that the grounded planes of Indian carriers are “up and running,” Scindia said.

“We cannot have multiple planes of one engine manufacturer on the ground in India, which is the case today, unfortunately,” Scindia told reporters after an event of the industry body FICCI.

About 36 IndiGo planes powered by PW engines are currently grounded. IndiGo has about 140 PW-powered planes in its fleet.

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