Thursday, 6 August 2020

India's SpiceJet repatriates 269 Indians from Amsterdam and gets slots at London Heathrow.

SpiceJet repatriates 269 Indians from Amsterdam
Operates its maiden long-haul charter flight to
 Hyderabad & Bengaluru

The Indian airline SpiceJet has operated its maiden long-haul charter flight bringing back home 269 Indians from Amsterdam to Bengaluru and Hyderabad on Sunday 2nd August.

The airline operated its first-ever long-haul charter flight from Amsterdam on an A330-900 Neo aircraft. The flight arrived in Bengaluru at 8.58 am IST and the same aircraft then proceeded to Hyderabad with the remaining passengers.

Ajay Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, SpiceJet said, “SpiceJet is immensely proud to operate its maiden long-haul repatriation flight from Amsterdam to India and bring back home our fellow Indian nationals. This is a historic moment for SpiceJet and Indian aviation.”

“I have always believed that there is an opportunity in every adversity and time and again SpiceJet has tried to convert a crisis into an opportunity. This global pandemic has taught us many things and given us an opportunity to show our true potential. SpiceJet emerged as the No.1 Cargo Company in India during the pandemic. We have successfully repatriated over 75,000 Indian citizens operating more than 450 charter flights from different parts of the world. This repatriation flight from Amsterdam is another feather in our cap and we hope to do many more such flights in the coming days.”

The twin-aisle A330 aircraft from Hi Fly used by SpiceJet has a configuration of 353 economy and 18 business class seats.

London Heathrow Slots

The airline has confirmed it has purchased slots at London Heathrow airport from the first of next month and would be looking to start a daily service once regulatory approval has been gained. The carrier said "SpiceJet has secured slots at London Heathrow Airport to operate flights effective September 1. This is presently under the bubble arrangement between India and UK and effective up to end of summer schedule, which is October 23 - The same shall be extended basis the resumption of regular operations," 

SpiceJet was also looking to get slots at Heathrow for the winter season as well, SpiceJet Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh 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."

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