Friday, July 21, 2023

Go First gets green light from DGCA to resume ops, but with riders

Indian aviation regulator DGCA has accepted cash-strapped airline Go First's resumption plan, but subject to certain conditions. Before starting commercial scheduled flights, the airline will operate military charters to Leh and Thois. The airline had won the bid from the Ministry of Defence to operate most of those flights.

The DGCA on Friday in a notification said that upon examination, it has accepted the proposed resumption plan dated June 28 subject to outcome of writ petitions pending before the Delhi High Court and NCLT.

The DGCA said that Go First can commence flight operations, provided it complies with all the applicable regulatory requirements for holding an Air Operator Certificate. The airline has to continue the airworthiness of the aircraft engaged in operations.

The company cannot deploy any aircraft for operations without undertaking a satisfactory handling flight. "Any change in the company which has a bearing on the resumption plan submitted by the resolution professional shall be promptly notified to the DGCA," it said.

The company on Thursday informed on Twitter that due to operational reasons, all its flights have been cancelled at least until July 23, 2023. The regulator had informed earlier this month that it would conduct a special audit of the Go First facilities at Mumbai and Delhi. The regulator which did a safety audit of the airline’s preparedness has truncated its original plan approving it to operate 15 aircraft with 114 flights daily.

Go First intends to restart flights with 22 aircraft in the fleet as soon as possible.

The DGCA has asked the RP to submit the proposed flight schedule, commensurate with the available resources in terms of airworthy aircraft, qualified pilots, cabin crew, AMEs, flight dispatchers etc after making the requisite arrangements for commencing the scheduled flight operations, including the interim funding that is required the resume services.

21/07/2023 Economic Times

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