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Slot Restrictions At LHR And LGW  
User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 20
Posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3651 times:

This came up in another discussion, and I was wondering who could expand on it. What are the ins and outs of the slot restrictions at LHR? I was under the impression that only certain US airlines could fly to LHR, and only from certain airports (e.g. JFK, IAD, ORD, MIA, etc.), relegating other airports (DFW, IAH, MSP, CLT, RDU) to LGW. Is this the case? Can someone shed light on the topic?

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User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3633 times:

The only US airlines that are allowed to fly into LHR are AA and UA.


User currently offlineGoAround From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 616 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3627 times:

...and the only UK airlines allowed to fly to the US from LHR are BA and VS. This is why bmi's US flights operate from Manchester. You think they do that out of choice?!  Big grin I'm sure there's more to be added, but they're the basics. A lot of which destinations are served from LHR depends on the hubs of the US airlines that fly from Heathrow.

There's plenty to be added here.


User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 81
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3608 times:

It isn't just slot restrictions, although at Heathrow they're very important.

The bilateral air services treaty between the US and the UK preclude any American or English carriers but UA, VS, BA, and AA.

Other nations have successfully gotten rights to fly the route.


User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3580 times:

Here's a discussion from last year regarding Bermuda II:


Tom at MSY

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User currently offlineMasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 5642 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3518 times:

To update the discussion, are there currently dormant slots at Gatwick? I know BA reduced their flying, I but don't know whether other airlines took over.

I love long German words like 'Freundschaftsbezeigungen'.
User currently offlineBestwestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7420 posts, RR: 57
Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3478 times:

EasyJet took the slots at Gatwick. Gatwick is currently 'full' at peak times.

The world is really getting smaller these days
User currently offlineFLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3398 times:

What are considered to be the peak times at Gatwick?

F L Y 7 7 7 U A L

User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3347 times:
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Like Heathrow, early morning and midday are the busiest times at LGW, although it does get rather busy in the late afternoon.

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