In spite of the airline operating a test flight from Mumbai, Go First reportedly applied to airport operators for the restoration of its slots in order to resume operations.
The slots were arbitrarily distributed to other airlines after the airline ceased operations in May. According to sources familiar with the developments, Go First has now requested the restoration of these slots.
The committee of creditors (CoC) for the airline met on Monday to discuss how to finance the company’s operational revival.Throughout the day, Shailen-dra Ajmera, the airline’s resolution professional (RP), had additional discussions with CoC.The operational revival plan for the airline has already received preliminary approval from the CoC.
According to sources, the airline will be able to approach the directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) for final approval once slots and funds have been allocated. Following that, the ticketing process will begin, and flights will resume a few days later, according to a source.
Even an oil marketing company has expressed support for the resumption of operations, according to the source. “Almost all the major ticketing portals and travel agents have shown their support,” the source said. Resuming operations with 15 aircraft and 114 flights per day with conditional approval.
The cash-strapped airline intends to resume operations with a smaller fleet of 15 aircraft and 114 daily flights after blaming engine manufacturer Pratt and Whitney for its voluntary bankruptcy.
According to sources, the plan for charter services to resume includes starting non-scheduled operations between Delhi and Srinagar, Delhi and Leh, and Delhi and Thoise. It is anticipated that at least one of the routes, including Delhi-Srinagar, Delhi-Leh, and Delhi-Thoise, will begin operating on Thursday.
The DGCA does not need to approve the airline’s request to resume unscheduled services.
The updated strategy accounts for the “new realities” of beginning operations during the slow travel season.
According to sources, “the prior plan was created under the presumption that operations will resume during the peak travel season.” The initial phase of operation will now begin around August, so the plan has been altered to account for this.
The months of July through September are generally regarded as the off-season for travel.
Source– Travel biz