International Flights To Europe, UK Can Be Started By Indigo, Spicejet; Govt Is Encouraging Them To Start!
As per new reports coming in, domestic airlines IngiGo and Spicejet are planning to lease widebody aircraft to send flights to the UK and Europe as well.
Find out all the details about SpiceJet and IndiGo’s plans of leasing aircraft right here!
IndiGo And SpiceJet To Launch Long Haul Flights To The UK and Europe
Indigo and Spicejet will be leasing wide-body aircraft and crew, through which they will be launching long haul flights to the UK and a few places in Europe as well.
As per reports, SpiceJet has already leased an Airbus 330 from Oman Air which will launch flights to London from July 27. Whereas, IndiGo is discussing taking 3 Airbus 330 planes on lease. However, the destinations haven’t been finalized yet; London and Paris will most probably be on the list.
One of the sources close to the development have stated, “SpiceJet would also use Oman Air’s slot available at Heathrow to launch this flight. They are also looking at leasing three more for such planes.”
India has already signed deals with the US, UK, France, Germany, and the UAE wherein a limited number of direct flights will be allowed to operate. Also scheduling international passenger traffic will be resumed which was previously put on hold due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
However national carrier Air India will be operated a majority of these slides whereas indigo and SpiceJet will be flying long haul for the first time under these short term air bubble deals.
Airlines Could Launch Their Own Laung Haul Flights In Future
The companies take planes on a wet lease or with crew so that the preparation time to launch the flights will be comparatively less. Additionally, these short term arrangements could help them launch their own long haul flights as well.
As per a senior government official, the aviation industry heavily relies on the demand for direct long haul flights after the coronavirus situation subsides. He said, “We would like to see money spent on travel coming to Indian airlines rather than going to airlines in the Middle East or Southeast Asia.”
He also said that this would solve as a new business opportunity for Indian airlines if they prepare themselves for it.