The routes US has discontinued are CLT
, and PHL
is the only European city US has pulled out of entirely.
There are lots of routes US could fly if it wanted to. Back in the day, US had to apply for its PHL
-PAR rights, for example. (In fact, it applied for BOS
-PAR, but lost to AA
.) But now, the US and France have open skies, making the whole idea of "rights" lose a bit of meaning. US Airways now holds broad all-points US-France authority, meaning it can (basically) operate between any point in the United States and any point in France. Similarly, US Airways holds broad US-Netherlands authority, and broad US-United Kingdom (except LGW
) authority, just for examples.
And just because they don't currently hold an authority doesn't mean they can't get it. There are plenty of authorities that they don't hold that they could get if they wanted. Indeed, they can even sometimes get authorities which are seemingly forbidden by bilaterals. US recently applied for MCO
-BDA authority. MCO
is not a valid gateway to BDA according to the US-UK bilateral. However, the UK permitted the route to be flown on an extrabilateral basis, and US Airways was granted the authority. BDA is obviously not in Europe, but the example holds.
Obviously, the LHR
market, in particular, isn't quite as liberal as most.
[Edited 2004-03-25 05:53:51]
I'm the expert on here on two things, neither of which I care about much anymore.