"and I can guarantee you that if US carriers want the freedom to fly 'domestically' within the European Union".
See that's the point, there is no "domestic" European market, Germany and the UK are not the same Country.
US Carriers have in the past and I believe UAL still does operate "intra Europe flights", however that's not domestic.
Pan Am was awarded domestic German flights operating out of Berlin and Frankfurt to various German cities with ATR's and 737s, they sold those routes to LHR
around 1990. Pan Am was awarded the right to fly within Germany by the Supreme Allied Command after the defeat of Germany in 1945.
I wonder if a US carrier still holds the rights Pan Am once did to operate within Germany, and would the EU honor a treaty the US won from Germany after WWII.
bought Pan Am's Frankfurt hub, and operated many intra -Europe flights. I wonder if DL
also was able to obtain Pan Am's German Domestic rights.
UAL bought Pan Am's LHR
hub and flew to many Cities like Hamburg and Amsterdam. Today I think UAL still operates between LHR
TWA also operated a hub at CDG
/ LIRF), Italy">FCO
to various European Cities.
However only Pan Am actually flew "domestic routes" within Germany, possibly DL
in the early '90s.
The US is not going to give up the US Domestic market because their is nothing of substance the EU has to offer in return, no US airlines want into the EU domestic market. And the US is not going to give up the US Domestice market for a measly 10-15 LHR
slots for CO
, it's not an equal trade.
The US already allows foreign Carriers to operate various international routes from the US, example..
Air New Zealand not only flies from the US to Auckland but from the US to London Heathrow.
Japan Airlines not only flies from the US to Japan but from the US to Sao Paulo Brazil.
So an American carrier carrying passengers and selling tickets between Paris and say Prague is no different than a airline like Aerolinas Argentina being allowed to fly (and sell tickets) between JFK
Also keep in mind that the US domestic market makes up 40% (!) of the worlds air travel market, why would the US give that up in exchange for access to a "EU" Domestic market which is smaller.