London has several airports. With the growth of point to point flights, and use of smaller Long haul aircraft, surely the likes of Stansted and Gatwick should be full of transatlantic flights, for all those who find it easier to use these airports than LHR...
And yet, what do the US carriers desperately want - access to LHR! With open skies, they will move flights to LHR and compete on the main trunk routes to LHR.
BA is embedded at LHR, if it had the slots and terminal space, I'm sure a lot of flights would be transferred from LGW to LHR.
BD is desperate to expand at LHR, despite being able to launch long haul flights from anywhere in the country.
This suggests that given the choice, all major long haul carriers to London want to operate to the major hub, rather than to the 'secondary' airports. Are they missing a trick here? I thought the whole point of the new generation of aircraft like the 787 and A350 was to reduce the need for large planes operating into major hubs like LHR?