Breaking: Go First cancels all flights to be operated on May This date

Breaking: Go First cancels all flights to be operated on May This date

Breaking: Go First cancels all flights to be operated on May 3 and 4, 2023

It reminds me of the situation SpiceJet was in back in the early 2010s. Go First, earlier known as GoAir, has grounded all its operations for May 3 and 4, 2023.

Go First grounds all operations on May 3/4, 2023

Go First is in a tough spot economically. The airline has been operating on cash and carry with the oil marketing companies, so it must pay for the fuel it consumes daily. Apart from that, the airline has been unable to operate a full schedule, partly because many of their aircraft are grounded at the moment because of Pratt and Whitney engines, which have had some troubles in the past. Flying out of Delhi, you will see many of these aircraft on the ground in a corner at any time.

Now, Go First has decided to cancel all flights on May 3 and 4, 2023. This ought to be because the airline may not have enough cash to pay their bills for fuel. They have already intimated the Indian aviation regulator, DGCA, about the suspension of flights as well per news reports.

While there has yet to be an official statement from the airline so far (we will update this story when we receive one), it is not possible to book a ticket on May 3 and 4 on the airline. Here are some random sectors where I tried booking a ticket where everything shows Sold Out. 

Customer complaints have already started floating on social media.

Bottomline

May is a tough month for airlines, anecdotally. Jet Airways was grounded in May 2019. Now this. GoFirst will be grounding all their flights from 3-4 May 2023. Unfortunately, any rebooking plans have not been shared yet by the airline. And this could be, unfortunately, the start of a death spiral, although, of course, we hope they survive and thrive.

What do you make of GoFirst’s cancellation of flights for two days?

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