Friday, July 21, 2023

Go First crisis: DGCA accepts airline’s flight resumption plan with conditions

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), in a notification on Friday, said that it has accepted the proposed resumption plan by Go First. It added that the airline will have to comply with certain conditions. 

This comes after the airline’s Resolution Professional Shailendra Ajmera recently invited Expressions of Interest (EoIs) from potential bidders. 

DGCA said that it examined the resumption plan by Go First and the same has been accepted by them “subject to the outcomes of the writ petitions/applications” pending before the Delhi High Court and the (National Company Law Tribunal) NCLT. 

It said that certain conditions must be met for the flight operations to commence. 

Go First will be required to comply with all applicable regulatory requirements for holding an Air Operator Certificate at all times. It must ensure the continuation of the airworthiness or fitness of all its aircraft engaged in the operations. 

The DGCA stated that none of Go First’s aircraft will be deployed for operations without undertaking a satisfactory handling flight. Any change in the company that has any bearing on the resumption plan submitted by the RP must be notified to DGCA.

“RP shall submit the proposed flight schedule, commensurate with the available resources in terms of airworthy aircraft, qualified pilots, cabin crew, AMEs, flight dispatchers etc., for the consideration ofDGCA after making requisite arrangements for commencement of scheduled flight operations, including the interim funding required for resumption of operations,” it said. 

The regulator underscored that the scheduled flight operations can be commenced only after the availability of the required interim funding and approval of flight schedule by the DGCA. Once DGCA approves the flight schedule, Go First can commence the sale of tickets. 

21/07/2023 Business Today

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