LGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (5 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 732 times:
Hi southwest737500, I'd like to start off your thread with a question.
With US getting the CLT-LHR flight, do you think they will stay or leave LGW? Plus also with them using the A330 here regularly do you think they'll downsize it to a 757/767?
It would be such a shame if they did leave Gatwick! I found CLT to be the best airport I have been too, plus you can get a connecting flight to alot of destinations from there, which helps alot because I don't have to go to LHR and catch a direct flight instead.
JBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4459 posts, RR: 22 Reply 2, posted (5 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 687 times:
I'm not sure when CLT-GRU would actually start. From everything I've heard, the route-granting process with the Brazilian authorities is the long pole in the tent on this. I think it will come eventually, but it may be awhile...maybe even a year or more.
US can start CLT-OKC whenever they'd like...they don't need to file an application for it. From what I understand, it's just kind of a "nudge" they threw in their application for the DCA slots.
As for the CLT-LHR flight, I'm concerned they'll leave Gatwick behind. There's not been an official decision yet, though. I feel the same way you do about LGW. It's ALWAYS a quick and effortless trip through UK border control when the CLT flight lands, and I prefer transiting through it--even though it's on the wrong side of town for where I usually like to go.
I've flown on CLT-LGW several times in the past couple of months and I've been surprised at the substantial number of "non-Americans" on the flight. They're almost always full as well.
I'm hoping they'll at least try an A333 on the LHR route and a 757/767 on LGW for awhile. I think that's probably the most likely scenario.