SpiceJet to fly to London Heathrow from September despite owning no widebody aircraft


The airline plans to fly to London Heathrow from September.

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.

“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.

“London is one of the busiest long-haul destinations from India and this is a huge milestone for SpiceJet,” said chairman and managing director Ajay Singh.

SpiceJet is the first low-cost airline from India to get this facility in Heathrow, one of the busiest airports in the world.

Sources said the airline plans to take on wet lease A330 or B787 aircraft for the long haul. In wet lease, the airline gets the airline as well as the crew, including pilots.

Some reports said SpiceJet has applied for an Airbus A330 aircraft on wet lease from Hi Fly, a Portuguese charter airline.