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Go First flight cancellations extended until August 31 citing ‘operational reasons’

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New Delhi [India]: Go First airlines, which has been grounded since early May, has announced a further extension of flight cancellations till August 31, the airline announced on Monday.

Taking to social media platform X, the airlines said, “Due to operational reasons, Go First flights until 31st August 2023 are cancelled. We apologise for the inconvenience caused and request customers to visit http://shorturl.at/jlrEZ for more information. For any queries or concerns, please feel free to contact us.”

Go First has also issued a statement, which it has posted along with the social media post, saying that the company has filed an application for immediate resolution and revival of operations and is optimistic about resuming bookings shortly.

“As you are aware, the company has filed an application for immediate resolution and revival of operations. We will be able to resume bookings shortly,” the airline stated.

“We regret to inform that due to operational reasons, Go First flights scheduled till August 31, 2023 have been cancelled. We apologise for the inconvenience caused by the flight cancellations.

We acknowledge the flight cancellations might have disrupted your travel plans and we are committed to providing all the assistance we can,” Go First said in the statement.

Earlier on May 2, Go First cancelled its flights and filed for voluntary bankruptcy before the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), alleging delays on the part of a US-based engine maker, Pratt and Whitney, for its inability to promptly meet obligations — leading to the grounding of a portion of its fleet.

DGCA has conditionally allowed the grounded airline Go First to resume its operations. Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had said Go First may resume scheduled flight operations on the availability of interim funding and approval of flight schedule by the regulator. The regulator had allowed the operation of 15 aircraft and 114 daily flights.

The airline has approximately 4,200 employees, and it reported total revenue from operations at Rs 4,183 crore in the financial year 2021-22.

There were reports that the grounding of the Go First flights had put pressure on airfares, particularly on select routes where it had a footprint.

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