SpiceJet secures slots at Heathrow
SpiceJet has secured slots at Heathrow Airport in London to operate flights effective September 1. This is presently under the air bubble arrangement between India and UK and effective up to the end of summer schedule i.e. October 23.
A slot allows an airline to land and depart at a particular airport, at a designated time. SpiceJet is the first low-cost airline from India to get this facility in Heathrow, one of the busiest airports in the world.
This follows the low-cost airline getting the rights to operate flights to the UK. In a statement in July, SpiceJet had said, “We would like to further inform you that in terms of the Air Services Agreement between the Government of India and the Government of the United Kingdom, SpiceJet has been designated as Indian scheduled carrier to operate on agreed services between India and the UK.”
On its Heathrow slots, SpiceJet said that these will be extended when regular operations resume. “The company is also in advance discussion to secure slots for winter schedule for regular operations,” it added.
“London is one of the busiest long-haul destinations from India and this is a huge milestone for SpiceJet,” said Chairman & Managing Director Ajay Singh. “The identical arrival/departure slots that we have secured at Heathrow should suit the convenience of our passengers perfectly,” he added.