Friday, August 24, 2018

GoAir approved to fly to Thailand, says country's ambassador to India

New Delhi: Almost 13 years after its launch, low cost GoAir may finally start overseas flights. Thailand’s ambassador to India Chutintorn Gongsakdi on Friday tweeted (from his handle @Chutintorn_Sam): “Go Airlines (India) or GoAir has been approved as designated airline to fly to Thailand since August 10, 2018.”
GoAir did not comment on the issue, like when — and if — it will start the much-awaited international operations. This summer, the Wadia Group airline had sought DGCA’s “preparedness clearance” to fly to Phuket from both Mumbai and Delhi. The regulator had earlier this year given clearance to GoAir to fly to Male. “We will believe GoAir has started international operations only after they actually do so, if they do so,” said a senior aviation official when asked about GoAir’s plans.

The airline had last year blamed its international launch on the behind schedule deliveries of A-320 Neos due to unending problems with the Pratt & Whitney engines. In India, IndiGo and GoAir have opted for PW-powered A-320 Neos.

24/08/18 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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