AA/ BA should *only* be approved if *all four* of the remaining USA Cartel-network carriers are allowed competitive access into Heathrow, along with BMI into the US. A third runway at Heathrow would need to run years of gauntlet through NIMBY and environmental-extremist lunacy before it could even be approved, let alone built. It's long past time for BAA to abandon the "alternating runway use" policy and use *both* LHR runways simultaneously, during *all* operating hours.
That way, all four of the other USA network carriers could be granted competitive access, and AA/ BA wouldn't have to abandon so many slots that Don Carty would cry crocodile tears again about an alliance not being worth it. Again, Europe is generally in thrall to environmental-extremist lunacy, and jobs for families and connections to major cultural and trading partners aren't seen as a priority. But if the British can overcome such thinking, the Heathrow mess can be untangled and a vital economic link to the rest of the world, strengthened.
Need a new airline paint scheme? Better call Saul! (Bass that is)