Friday, March 27, 2020

Garuda Leases 6 Heathrow Slots To Air India For 2 Years

It appears that Garuda Indonesia is leasing six slot pairs at the congested London Heathrow airport to flag carrying Indian airline Air India. A slot swap request form has been shared on social media, suffering the lease will be in place for a period of two years.
Despite its financial struggles, Air India has remained committed to serving London as a key market from its hubs in both Delhi and Mumbai. Back in January, the carrier adjusted its schedule to increase weekly Heathrow services from Mumbai from daily to 10 times per week.

It looked as if these 10 per week flights would continue into the summer season, as the carrier filed ongoing schedule increases from the end of March onwards. While the current lockdown is certainly affecting this plan, the carrier remains positive about the long term outcomes, as it has leased six more slots from Garuda Indonesia for both summer 2020 and summer 2021.
The request form indicates that Garuda will lease Air India takeoff and landing slots on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. These slots will be operated by Air India’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner, flying from Mumbai for all services.

Weekday flights will arrive from India at 19:00, with takeoff scheduled for around an hour and 45 minutes later. The Saturday service will land at 18:00, heading back to Mumbai at approximately 19:45. The lease period covers the whole IATA summer season for this year and next, and will increase Air India’s scheduled flights to Heathrow from Mumbai to 13 services a week.
27/03/20 Joanna Bailey/Simple Flying
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