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Go First left with only 100 pilots amid delay in resuming operations: Sources

The delay in reviving Go First has adversely impacted its workforce with no salaries since three months. According to sources, the airline hasn’t paid employees since May 2023 and as the revival takes longer, these employees are taking up jobs at other airlines.

According to sources, 500 of the 600 Go First pilots have quit and joined other airlines including Air India and IndiGo which have been expanding their operations aggressively leaving Go First with only 100 pilots as of now.

It is not just pilots, the airline has lost about 1,200 employees since July including cabin crew and Aircraft Maintenance Engineers. It had 4,200 employees as on July 10 when it invited Expression of Interest from potential buyers. That number has fallen to a little over 3,000 employees currently.

It doesn’t stop here, the employee count is expected to fall further to 2,400 or 2,500 by mid-September as 500 to 600 more employees have quit and are serving notice period.

Apart from salaries, another reason for employees’ frustration is the lack of clarity on the airline to resume operations. (Source: CNBC TV18)

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