Inside the chaos at Wadia Group’s Go First

Even as the low-cost carrier faces customer ire, its delicate financial condition and questionable practices raise doubts about the conglomerate’s future in aviation.

Sharath Devaiah’s family vacation to the Maldives started off well, except for a two-hour delay of their Go First flight to Male. This was the first international trip of the Bengaluru-based family, which included Devaiah’s three-year-old son and his in-laws. 

But things went downhill the day before they were to fly back home. Their Go First flight, which was slated to take off at 3:15 pm on 17 November, was rescheduled to 3:20 pm the following day due to “operational reasons”. 

“I had to look for a hotel for the extra night’s stay. The airline folks never came back,” says …


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