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Article from BTNews 10 AUGUST 2020

Spicejet at Heathrow

A new airline is expected to be seen at Heathrow from 1 September. 

Following traffic rights approval Spicejet has now obtained slots at Europe's largest hub airport, its move into the UK market first reported by BTN 27 July.

“This is presently under the bubble arrangement between India and UK and effective up to end of summer schedule, 23 October,” the airline said in a BSE (Mumbai Stock Exchange) filing, noting it is in discussion regarding the winter programme.

No Indian departure point has been designated at this time nor the aircraft being used, the carrier’s regular Boeing 737s and de Havilland Canada being unsuitable.  In the past it has chartered an Airbus A330 from Portuguese specialist carrier H-Fly for repatriation flights.

Heathrow has waived its “use it or lose it” rule on slots until the end of October and waits on European Commission Chief Ursula von der Leyen’s decision on the arrangement for the winter period.  Particularly in respect of Gatwick (see in this week's BTN) this is a ‘hot potato’ as far as Wizz is concerned.

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