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India’s Beleaguered Private Airline Go First Extends Flight Cancellations

India’s crisis-hit private airline Go First on Wednesday once again announced that all its flights will remain suspended until Sunday.

“We regret to inform that due to operational reasons, Go First flights scheduled till June 25, 2023 have been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the flight cancellations,” the airline said in a statement.

In its previous cancellation announcements, the airline stated a refund in full amount would be made shortly. However, in the last three announcements about extensions in cancellations, the airline maintained silence over the refund.

Go First had already filed an application for immediate resolution and revival of operations.

India’s civil aviation watchdog — Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) — issued a show cause notice to the airline after it suddenly canceled scheduled flights for three days starting May 3. The airline has been extending the flight cancellations since then.

The DGCA has also asked the airline to submit a comprehensive plan for the revival of its operations, including details about the availability of operational planes and pilots.

Go First, owned by the Wadia Group, has filed for voluntary insolvency proceedings with the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), blaming U.S.-based engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney (P&W) for its financial problems.

At a time when Go First is struggling to keep afloat, another private Indian airline IndiGo hogged headlines on Monday after announcing that it has ordered 500 A320 aircraft from Airbus.