Indian upstarts in Heathrow debut

Gone are the days when slots at London’s premier gateway were the reserve of flag carriers. With COVID-19 turning the industry upside down, two bullish airlines from India are seeking to upset the Heathrow establishment, as Tom Batchelor investigates

Vistara 787-9, VT-TSD (c/n 66526), departs Heathrow's Runway 27L
RICHARD VANDERVORD

At a time when most airlines are shrinking fleets, cutting back routes and reconfiguring their operations for a leaner, post-coronavirus world, two Indian carriers have announced they plan to do precisely the opposite

London/Heathrow airport – the UK’s most prestigious hub. Vistara wasted no time and successfully launched its new flagship link that same month, while SpiceJet intends to begin scheduled operations in December.

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