Tuesday, August 04, 2020

SpiceJet slots at London Heathrow

Budget carrier SpiceJet on Tuesday said it has secured slots at the London Heathrow Airport, which will allow the airline to commence flights to the UK from next month.

Sources at SpiceJet said it has got one daily slot and the airline plans to operate flights to Heathrow from multiple cities.

The slots, under the air bubble pact with the UK, will later be extended for SpiceJet to operate regular flights once international services are resumed, the airline said in a regulatory filing.

An air bubble is a bilateral arrangement with a set of regulations and restrictions in which the carriers of the two countries can operate international flights.

Regular international flights in India have been suspended since March 22. However, various evacuation and chartered flights are operating to fly back stranded Indians.
“SpiceJet has secured slots at London Heathrow Airport to operate flights effective September 1. This is under the bubble arrangement between India and UK and effective up to end of summer schedule, which is October 23,” the airline said in the filing.

A slot allows an airline to land and depart at a particular airport at a designated time.

SpiceJet also said that it is in “advance discussion to secure slots for the winter schedule for regular operations.”

The winter schedule of airlines in India commences from the last Saturday of October and lasts up to the last week of March every year.
04/08/20 Telegraph
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