Capt.Fantastic
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BA To Houston: LGW & LHR?

Mon Feb 28, 2005 5:42 am

When looking at BA timetables from London to Houston, I saw they fly nonstops from Gatwick and an additional direct flight to Heathrow (via Chicago). That seemed odd - Two non-stops to LGW and a direct flight to LHR? This is the only city I'm aware of in the USA that BA flies to both Heathrow and Gatwick ... Any special reason for the Direct flight?
 
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RE: BA To Houston: LGW & LHR?

Mon Feb 28, 2005 5:45 am

connections through LHR to some destinations where Texan oil companies want to go  Wink/being sarcastic.
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RE: BA To Houston: LGW & LHR?

Mon Feb 28, 2005 6:08 am

Quoting Capt.Fantastic (reply 0):
When looking at BA timetables from London to Houston, I saw they fly nonstops from Gatwick and an additional direct flight to Heathrow (via Chicago). That seemed odd - Two non-stops to LGW and a direct flight to LHR? This is the only city I'm aware of in the USA that BA flies to both Heathrow and Gatwick ... Any special reason for the Direct flight?



The LHR flight has to stop because IAH is not one of the Heathrow gateways and the other carrier on the route (CO) does not (cannot) fly to LHR as well. Hence, it goes through ORD, which is an LHR gateway
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RE: BA To Houston: LGW & LHR?

Mon Feb 28, 2005 6:31 am

Pan Am flew DTW-LHR, which was taken over by Delta in the early '90s. They flew the route into Gatwick I'm assuming because Delta had route authority there and not at Heathrow - But American flies to both Heathrow and Gatwick. So why wasn't Delta permitted to continue service DTW-LHR?
 
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RE: BA To Houston: LGW & LHR?

Mon Feb 28, 2005 6:32 am

Quoting Capt.Fantastic (reply 3):
Pan Am flew DTW-LHR, which was taken over by Delta in the early '90s. They flew the route into Gatwick I'm assuming because Delta had route authority there and not at Heathrow - But American flies to both Heathrow and Gatwick. So why wasn't Delta permitted to continue service DTW-LHR?


United and American are allowed to fly to both Gatwick and Heathrow. US, NW, CO, and DL can only fly to Gatwick.
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RE: BA To Houston: LGW & LHR?

Mon Feb 28, 2005 6:35 am

Thomas Jaegar and N1120A have basically covered it. Bermuda II prevents BA from operating non-stop flights from LHR, hence why BA will offer a thirteen times weekly 777 service from LGW this Summer (Along with daily flights ex LGW to ATL and DFW). The daily flight ex LHR via ORD is for longhaul connections at LHR, i.e. Middle East and Lagos, the latter having being a LGW flight for much of the 1990s to connect with the IAH flight.
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RE: BA To Houston: LGW & LHR?

Mon Feb 28, 2005 11:52 am

Beginning April 4th British Airways will have 20 weekly flights into Houston. Its a lucrative destination for BA.
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RE: BA To Houston: LGW & LHR?

Mon Feb 28, 2005 11:55 am

OIL OIL and OIL

My aunt married a Brit that works for BP and he uses these flights very often with a home in Houston and one in London also.

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RE: BA To Houston: LGW & LHR?

Mon Feb 28, 2005 2:56 pm

Let's not forget that PA had 2 flights to London, 1 N/S to LGW (L1011-500) and a same plane service to LHR via JFK (741). Both flights lasted from the late 70s up until 84 or so when PA began downsizing their IAH ops. And this was in addition to BR's daily DC-10-30 to LGW. A few years down the line of course CO would pick up PA's IAH/LGW route.

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