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Slot Restrictions At LHR And LGW

Wed Aug 06, 2003 6:38 am

This came up in another discussion, and I was wondering who could expand on it. What are the ins and outs of the slot restrictions at LHR? I was under the impression that only certain US airlines could fly to LHR, and only from certain airports (e.g. JFK, IAD, ORD, MIA, etc.), relegating other airports (DFW, IAH, MSP, CLT, RDU) to LGW. Is this the case? Can someone shed light on the topic?
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RE: Slot Restrictions At LHR And LGW

Wed Aug 06, 2003 6:41 am

The only US airlines that are allowed to fly into LHR are AA and UA.

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RE: Slot Restrictions At LHR And LGW

Wed Aug 06, 2003 6:44 am

...and the only UK airlines allowed to fly to the US from LHR are BA and VS. This is why bmi's US flights operate from Manchester. You think they do that out of choice?!  Big grin I'm sure there's more to be added, but they're the basics. A lot of which destinations are served from LHR depends on the hubs of the US airlines that fly from Heathrow.

There's plenty to be added here.

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RE: Slot Restrictions At LHR And LGW

Wed Aug 06, 2003 6:49 am

It isn't just slot restrictions, although at Heathrow they're very important.

The bilateral air services treaty between the US and the UK preclude any American or English carriers but UA, VS, BA, and AA.

Other nations have successfully gotten rights to fly the route.

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RE: Slot Restrictions At LHR And LGW

Wed Aug 06, 2003 6:59 am

Here's a discussion from last year regarding Bermuda II:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/847242


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RE: Slot Restrictions At LHR And LGW

Wed Aug 06, 2003 1:02 pm

To update the discussion, are there currently dormant slots at Gatwick? I know BA reduced their flying, I but don't know whether other airlines took over.
 
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RE: Slot Restrictions At LHR And LGW

Wed Aug 06, 2003 4:40 pm

EasyJet took the slots at Gatwick. Gatwick is currently 'full' at peak times.
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RE: Slot Restrictions At LHR And LGW

Wed Aug 13, 2003 7:06 am

What are considered to be the peak times at Gatwick?

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RE: Slot Restrictions At LHR And LGW

Wed Aug 13, 2003 8:35 am

Like Heathrow, early morning and midday are the busiest times at LGW, although it does get rather busy in the late afternoon.
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