DGCA To Audit Go First Airline’s Preparedness Ahead Of Flight Resumption

Aviation regulator DGCA will audit GoFirst’s preparedness before approving the resumption of flights, the beleaguered airline’s head of operations has told its staff. Cash-strapped Go First stopped flying on 3 May and is undergoing voluntary insolvency resolution proceedings. A senior Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) official on Tuesday said the airline has replied to the regulator’s show cause notice, indicating it is working out the details of the plan to resume flights at the earliest. Is.

In a letter sent to employees on Tuesday, the airline said, “The DGCA will conduct an audit in the coming days to check our preparedness.” Once we get regulatory approval, we will start operations soon. The government has been very supportive and has asked the airline to resume operations at the earliest.

The communication was sent by Rajit Ranjan, Head of Operations, GoFirst. Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Wednesday to a question on resumption of flights by GoFirst said, “We have not received anything from GoFirst so far… Apply your mind, see the safety protocols and take a decision based on that.” ”

He was talking to reporters on the sidelines of the annual session of industry body CII in the national capital. Meanwhile, the airline’s communication to the employees also said that the CEO has assured that the salaries for April will be credited into their accounts before the resumption of operations.

Moreover, from the coming month, the salary will be paid in the first week of every month. On May 8, the DGCA issued a show cause notice to the budget carrier under relevant provisions of the Aircraft Rules, 1937 for failure to continue operating the service in a safe, efficient and reliable manner. The airline has filed its reply to the show cause notice.

Go First, on 2 May, announced filing of a petition for voluntary insolvency resolution proceedings as well as suspension of flights, initially for two days – 3 and 4 May. At that time too, the DGCA had issued a show cause notice to Go First. Cancellation of flights “without any prior notice” for May 3 and 4.

The airline has canceled all its flights till May 26. The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) on Monday upheld the NCLT’s decision to admit GoFirst’s plea for voluntary insolvency resolution proceedings. The decision came on petitions filed by four lessors opposing the airline’s insolvency resolution process.