DGCA will examine cash-strapped Restart services first, then: Report


India’s aviation regulator, the DGCA, is reportedly planning to carry out an audit of cash-strapped Go First airlines in order to restart its services. According to reports, the audit, which is expected to be conducted in the next few days, will evaluate the airline’s operational safety, maintenance and financial aspect.

Go First, which ceased operations in October 2019, has been struggling to restart its services since the pandemic began. The audit is necessary to ascertain the airline’s compliance with all the rules and regulations of the DGCA. This includes taking into account the adequate number of trained staff, flight crew, ground personnel, technical and engineering staff etc.

Once the audit is completed, the DGCA will then decide on granting the airline the necessary clearances to restart operations. Go First has stated that it remains committed to restarting operations as soon as possible. The airline has applied for loan restructuring and also eyed government aid for the same. It is also reportedly planning to draw up a plan on how it will utilize the funds obtained once it gets approval from the DGCA.