Monday, November 23, 2020

SpiceJet’s London Flight has a Longer Wait Ahead

While the pandemic may have left the aviation industry high and dry, for some it was also an introduction of opportunities. Falling in the same list is SpiceJet, an airline company that has been (for the longest time) trying to fly to London.

After a lot of back and forth, the airline had recently got a green signal to operate flights to Heathrow. The pandemic opened the opportunity not just for SpiceJet, but for other airlines as well. Due to reduced flights operations owing to the pandemic, the otherwise constrained Heathrow granted the airlines ad-hoc slots for their operations. 

These permissions—granted after months of denial—led to SpiceJet announcing flights to London beginning December 4 this year, on HiFly’s brand new A330-900neo, from Delhi, Mumbai and other routes. 

However, the airline just announced that it has postponed these plans, indefinitely. According to media reports, the decision was taken late last week, when some passengers were informed about the cancellation. However, there is no announcement on the airlines’ social media handles.

The flights to UK were set to operate between India and London till March 31, 2021, till the time the air bubble between the two countries was valid. 

Passengers who had booked SpiceJet, however, are now being rebooked to other flights.

Many parts of Europe, including the UK, are under complete pandemic-induced lockdowns at the moment due to a rise in cases.

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