DGCA directs Go First to stop sale of tickets with immediate effect

New Delhi: Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday directed embattled Go First to stop the sale of tickets with immediate effect till further orders, the aviation regulator said in a statement.
The aviation regulator has also issued a show cause notice to Go First under the relevant provisions of the Aircraft Rules, 1937, for its failure to continue operations in a safe, efficient, and reliable manner.
DGCA said it has asked Go First to submit its reply within 15 days of the receipt of the show cause notice. The aviation regulator said it will then take a decision on the continuation of its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) will be taken on the basis of the reply submitted by it.
This came after the airline earlier in the day requested the National Company of Law Tribunal (NCLT) to urgently pass an order on its insolvency plea.
The domestic airline on Friday said that its flight operations will remain suspended till May 12, due to “operational reasons”. Earlier, the airline had suspended flights till May 9 and suspended bookings till May 15.
Go First applied for a voluntary insolvency process before the NCLT after the airline announced that it has suspended its flights till May 3.
While announcing that it has filed for insolvency proceedings, Go First last Tuesday blamed engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney (P&W) for its financial situation. The domestic airline said it was “forced to apply to the NCLT” after “the ever-increasing number of failing engines supplied by Pratt & Whitney’s International Aero Engines” led to the grounding of 25 aircraft, or half its fleet of Airbus A320neo planes.

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