SpiceJet promoter bids for bankrupt Go First: How will it affect budget carrier?

SpiceJet’s managing director, Ajay Singh, and Busy Bee Airways have jointly submitted their bid for GoFirst airline, SpiceJet said on Friday.

SpiceJet.(AFP File Photo)
SpiceJet.(AFP File Photo)

Weighed down by financial troubles, Go First ceased operations in May last year and is currently undergoing an insolvency resolution process.

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How will the Go First deal affect SpiceJet?

In a statement on Friday, SpiceJet said that the bid was submitted by its chief Singh in a personal capacity.

SpiceJet will be an operational partner for the new airline. It will supply essential staff, services, and industry expertise.

“This collaboration is anticipated to generate synergies between the two carriers, leading to improved cost management, revenue growth, and a strengthened market position within the Indian aviation industry,” the statement said.

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Why is Ajay Singh placing his bet on Go First?

Ajay Singh, who is the chairman and managing director of SpiceJet, believes that Go First has a lot of potential and by working closely with SpiceJet, both airlines can benefit.

“Apart from coveted slots at domestic and international airports, international traffic rights, and an order for over 100 Airbus Neo planes, Go First is a trusted and valued brand among flyers. I am happy to contribute to the efforts aimed at reviving this popular airline and leveraging its strengths for mutual growth and success,” he said in the release.

Having filed for bankruptcy in May last year, Go First is currently indebted to its creditors, including Central Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, IDBI Bank, and Deutsche Bank, with a total owed amount of 6,521 crore.

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SpiceJet shares jump

SpiceJet shares experienced significant buying activity during Friday’s trading session. The share price opened higher today, reaching an intraday peak of 71.90 each, marking a notable 13 per cent increase from Thursday’s closing price of 63.63 on the National Stock Exchange.

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