Indian low-cost carrier Spicejet has secured slots at London Heathrow airport to operate flights from September 1, 2020.

This is in accordance with the airline’s designation as an Indian scheduled carrier to operate between India and the UK. The carrier got similar rights for flights to the US.

The flight services will be carried out under the bubble arrangement between India and the UK and are effective up to end of summer schedule i.e. October 23, 2020.

“The same shall be extended basis the resumption of regular operations. The company is also in advance discussion to secure slots for winter schedule for regular operations,” Spicejet said in a BSE filing.

Details on the aircraft model that will be deployed on this sector are not announced yet.

Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director, Spicejet said, “London is one of the busiest long-haul destinations from India and this is a huge milestone for Spicejet. Providing non-stop connectivity from India to different parts of the world, which in turn strengthens our own airport hubs, is a dream that we have long cherished and this is a small step in that direction.

“The identical arrival/departure slots that we have secured at Heathrow should suit the convenience of our passengers perfectly.”

Recently, Spicejet operated its maiden long-haul repatriation flight from Amsterdam to India, bringing back 269 stranded nationals.