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Why No United At Gatwick?  
User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 18
Posted (15 years 17 hours ago) and read 1830 times:
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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.?


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User currently offlineORD Boy 2 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 324 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (15 years 16 hours ago) and read 1772 times:

if the merger goes through they will be at gatwick

User currently offlineGOT From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 1912 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (15 years 15 hours ago) and read 1762 times:

In the choice between LGW and LHR the choice seem quite easy. LHR is bigger, has more connections, Star partner BMI is there, and they have better conections in to London City.


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User currently offlineLadevale From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 15 hours ago) and read 1757 times:

I believe that United does not have the authority to fly to Gatwick.

Regardless of the bias for LHR, you would think that, if they could, United would have entered this market long ago if only to impede AA's saturation of the London market.

User currently offline767-322ETOPS From United States of America, joined May 2001, 324 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 15 hours ago) and read 1748 times:

They used to fly to LGW:

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Anyone know why they left?

User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25347 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (15 years 15 hours ago) and read 1739 times:

I heard that they were planning to start a DEN-LGW service.

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User currently offlineRedraider From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 531 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (15 years 15 hours ago) and read 1739 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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User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (15 years 14 hours ago) and read 1722 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.

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