Friday, May 12, 2023

IRP needs to assure DGCA of safe flight

New Delhi: The road ahead for Go First — that tries to rebuild itself amid the ruins of Jet Airways’s so ­far­unsuccessful NCLT ­route revival plan — won’t be easy. The interim resolution professional (IRP) ­led new management will have to convince aviation authorities that Go First can fly safely and that it can actually operate the flights whose tickets it sells after being allowed to do so.

The operational (not financial) protocol adopted in the last few months that Jet Airways followed, before shutting down in April 2019, could be the handbook for Go First as and when it applies to fly again.

“The IPR has to respond to the show­cause issued by DGCA to decide the fate of the airline’s licence. He has to show the airline has the financial muscle to safely op rate flights on whatever number of planes Go First plans to resume operations with. Go management will be quizzed on how many pilots, engineers, post holders and other essential staff the airline is left with,” said a senior official.

“But no one can order that Go First be allowed to fly. It has to first show it has the resources to do so safely,” said an official.

12/05/2023 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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