You may soon be able to fly to London from India! SpiceJet has announced that it has secured slots at London’s Heathrow Airport to operate daily flights between the UK and India from September 1 onwards, while Vistara can do so from August 16. Here is what we know so far. By Amitha Ameen

 

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Last month, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had announced the resumption of international flights and spoke about the ‘travel bubbles’ that had been established with a few countries and mentioned that talks with the UK were still underway. More recently, the UK had released a quarantine-free entry list and India did not feature on that list.

But on July 24, SpiceJet announced that is was designated to operate as an Indian scheduled carrier for the UK. This will be the second international destination for the airline, the first being the US. “We would like to further inform you that SpiceJet has secured slots at London Heathrow Airport to operate flights effective from September 1, 2020,” the company declared in a statement (as reported on Zee News).

 

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Moreover, CNBCTV18 reports that Vistara, a joint venture of Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, can do so starting August 16. However, none of the airlines have released any details regarding the details of these flights, such as the time and effective date of commencement.

This current arrangement is part of the travel bubble between the two countries and will be effective until October 23, 2020, and will be subject to extension based on several factors. SpiceJet is also in advance talks to secure winter slots as well.

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