flypop is pleased to confirm that London Stansted Airport will be its first UK airport base.
The flypop team see strong long-term demand for direct flights between the UK (STN) and key ‘secondary cities’ of India. London Stansted offers excellent connectivity, especially with its rail links into both London and the Midlands.
(Nino) Navdip Singh Judge, CEO & Principal of flypop, commented:
“During the pandemic we have been in talks with a number of UK airports and we can now confirm London Stansted as our first UK base. London Stansted Airport has a history of being the base for low-cost carriers and we feel it is the perfect fit for our passengers. flypop is focused on serving the Indian and South Asian diaspora communities living in the UK and their visiting friends and relatives, for whom London Stansted is the most convenient airport location.”
London Stansted’s Managing Director, Steve Griffiths, added:
“We welcome the decision by flypop to select London Stansted as its first UK base and we look forward to working with the airline as it develops its route network plans in advance of the safe return of travel between the UK and India at the appropriate moment.”
flypop is currently in negotiations with a number of second city airports across India and will shortly be confirming its first Indian airport hubs.
Flypop is a new British long-haul airline. The upstart has announced it has signed a multiple aircraft Airbus A330-300 lease deal with Avolon.
Flypop intends to fly to the ‘Second Cities’ in India: Amritsar, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Pune, Goa, Cochin and other South Asia cities including Sylhet, Lahore, Islamabad, Sialkot, Colombo, Kathmandu.
The new airlines’ philosophy:
To offer the most affordable direct non-stop flights to the preferred destination cities of our passengers.
It’s safer, it’s quicker and it’s more affordable. We operate a one class service, where everyone is treated with kindness and respect. We combine the best practices of British management with South East Asian hospitality.
Frustrated by the high cost and long flight times (no direct flights) involved in visiting family in Ludhiana India, Nino first explored the idea of an airline to serve India with non-stop low-cost flights way back in 2003. The air services agreement between the UK and India at the time made it impossible to obtain any flight slots at Heathrow or even to gain permission to fly to India’s second cities.
Fast-forward more than a decade and the changing social, economic and political conditions allowed for the project to be revived. A new air service agreement between the UK and India now allowed a certain number of flights per week to India’s second cities, and India had invested heavily in upgrading the airports of Amritsar and Ahmedabad to international standards. India’s rapidly growing economy had now established India as an economic power on the world stage.
After working closely with Tony Fernandes (Group CEO Air Asia) for 5 years at the Lotus F1 Team, Nino realized that the Air Asia X Low Cost Long Haul business model was ideally suited to flights from Europe to South Asia with a maximum flight time of 10 hours. For the nearly three million UK nationals of the Indian diaspora this now provided for the first time an affordable and convenient option for those who wanted to visit friend and relatives back “home”.