Scoot plans India-UK direct flights from next year

The low-cost long-haul revolution is expected to touch down in India next year with no-frills carrier Scoot aiming to launch non-stop flights from Europe to cities including Mumbai and Delhi.

The budget subsidiary of Singapore Airlines says it hopes to start flights between India and Europe using its so-called "fifth freedom" privilege. 

"Since we have fifth freedom, we can operate direct flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata to destinations like Copenhagen, Vienna, Cairo and Manchester," Bharath Mahadevan, head of the airline's operations in the country, told the Times Of India. 

The airline's operations are currently focused in the Far East and Australia, while its route map features Sydney, Melbourne, Manila, Bangkok and Hong Kong. It does, however, offer direct flights from Singapore to Athens.

Scoot favours flights to Manchester over London to avoid luring customers from its parent company, Singapore Airlines. SpiceJet and IndiGo, the nation's two biggest no-frills airlines, are reportedly planning direct routes to Gatwick, while low-cost trailblazer Norwegian has also been talking up the prospect of flights to India since 2015, so far without results.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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