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Wednesday, 29 August, 2018, 11 : 00 AM [IST]

GoAir likely to start international operations from October

As per the PTI report, GoAir is all set to fly international from October, with the first flight to operate on the Mumbai-Phuket route, a source privy to development said. The bookings for the maiden international flight will commence soon and an announcement to this effect is expected to be made by Thursday, the source said. Mumbai-based airline, which became eligible to fly overseas more than two years ago when it took delivery of its 20th aircraft, which was also the first Airbus A320 Neo for the airline, will be the fifth domestic carrier to have international operations.  

“We will be launching our international operations with a flight to Phuket (Thailand) from Mumbai in October. We have all regulatory approvals in place and the flight is expected to go into the system (bookings) in a week's time,” the source told PTI.  The source said the airline is looking to launch three to four international destinations by March next year, adding the proposed Mumbai-Phuket service will be a daily operation.  GoAir spokesperson was not available for comments. Thailand ambassador to India Chutintorn Gongsakdi had last week tweeted that, “GoAir has been approved as designate airline to fly to Thailand since August 10.”  

Meanwhile, Jeh Wadia, Managing Director, GoAir met Suresh Prabhu, Minister for Civil Aviation, Government of India in New Delhi on Tuesday and discussed issues concerning the aviation industry. “Jehangir Wadia met me today regarding issues related to civil aviation. Have directed concerned officials of the Civil Aviation Ministry to look into the issues,” Prabhu said in a tweet. GoAir, which launched its domestic operations in November 2005, was in August 2016 granted rights to operate to nine countries, including China, Vietnam, Maldives, Kazakhstan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, among others.  GoAir had planned to launch services on the international routes in October last year but had to defer the plan due to the grounding of some of the Pratt & Whitney engine-powered Airbus A320 Neo planes owing to engine glitches.  

“We are mulling to have three to four international destinations in our flight network by this fiscal year and Male (Maldives) could be the next destination after Phuket,” the source said.
 
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