Notdownnlocked: As some have said LHR is a very restrictive airport everybody knows that. If it is so restricted then why does every Flybynight Express to Podunkk get landing slots there as was previously mentioned.
Perhaps by negotiating with carriers having slots there but not using them? And if BA
or whoever doesn't feel like competing with "Flybynigt Express to Podunkk", then they'll sell, lease or whatever this slot to that airline.
Why can no other US carriers land there?
Ever heard of Bermuda II
? And, no, that was not unilaterally imposed by the UK, but was also signed by the US, so it's not just the UK's fault.
Of course BA/VS and the UK are against open and fair competition and that is the bottom line.
... then again, so is any company (and, yes, that includes airlines from the US) that has a large percentage of any profitable market: "open and fair competition" will, almost always, only reduce their market-share and profits, with benefits going mostly to the new entrants in that market.
If CO is banned from LOS then let the LOS PAX fly through LHR on BA/VS the same they are doing today.
What does BA
have to do with this issue? This is only about VS
Nigeria - with VS
Nigeria at some point perhaps wanting to offer a further choice between Nigeria and the US to travellers - something the US seems to be wanting to prevent, with CO
the main beneficiary... yup, seems like "open and fair competition" to me...
The US is not here to be an open playground to all that wish to participate in its spoils.
Ah, ok - now I see your point: what you're saying is that the whole world must be unconditionally opened up to US airlines, but if an airline from the outside wants to fly to the US, they can forget about it? Yes, I can see that you're very much for "open and fair competition"...
Need to go to Lagos or Kano or anywhere else: happy travels through Europe. Want a nonstop or a direct flight from Nigeria to the US do it on a US airline or a legitimate Nigerian carrier.
The majority of VS
Nigeria is Nigerian owned - VS
a legitimate Nigerian carrier.
Can anyone of you UK residents really and truthfully answer why any airline from almost any country can get slots at LHR yet US carriers cannot.
Again - the reason is called Bermuda II treaty
and it has signatures from the UK and
the US below it...
I never want to hear again the lamest argument in that there is no runway space or gates.
It's not really that much of a lame arguement - it's the reality of LHR
... but if US carriers were content with getting two or three flights a week, all departing at different times of the day on the respective days they operate, then I'm sure that something can be worked out as soon as that little issue of Bermuda II
As for the airports that are slot constricted and regulated in the US and off limits to UK carriers please tell me which ones are these.
Not because of slot restrictions - but otherwise UK carriers cannot open up services from LHR
to any airport in the US they like: it either has to be one of the permanent gateways, or they have to drop one route they're currently flying to move that route to the new airport that they'd like to fly to...