Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7791 posts, RR: 23 Posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 748 times:
Why doesn't United airlines fly into Gatwick? AA, CO, DL USairways, TWA and Northwest al fly there. I know US airways TWA, Delta, continental and NWA fly there due to the Bermuda II agreement but United can fly there cant they. If so why dont they.?
Redraider From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 531 posts, RR: 2 Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 657 times:
767 Etops, I think that may have been a charter flight at Gatwick in 1983. UA did not serve London, or Europe for that matter, on a scheduled basis until they purchased PA's Heathrow rights in the early '90's.
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Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 58 Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 640 times:
The reason is history. UA entered the London market by purchasing PAN AM's authorities and therefore got the very valuable rights to fly into Heathrow - under the Bermuda II Treaty, only 2 US carriers can fly into LHR, originally that was PA and TW, now its UA and AA. At one time, National Airlines also flew into Heathrow on its services from MIA.
The other US airlines introduced service to London, they could not get rights into Heathrow, due to the treaty, and started flying into Gatiwck instead. Note that AA flies from certain cities into Heathrow (mainly those that evolve from the TW authories plus Chicago as some kind of exception was made for that route) and other cities go into Gatwick (Dallas, Raleigh, for example).
This is a difficult issue between the UK and the US, as many US airlines would prefer LHR and would like to fly into that airport.
London's third airport is now served by a CO flight from EWR, and at one time AA operated ORD-STN, but that flight was cancelled quickly due to lack of interest.