Intrigued by the UA
thread I thought I'd do a bit of digging to see just how much traffic there is across the Atlantic on a typical day from LHR
and which destinations are served. Having done my digging I thought I'd share the key figures just in case anyone else is interested.
Taking Friday 25th May as my typical day and the BAA LHR
website it appears [subject to me getting it wrong]:
- there are 124 non-stop flights from LHR
to the Americas/Caribbean of which 100 are to the USA.
serves 21 destinations in the USA; 8 in Canada and collectively only 5 in the rest of the Americas
- South of Mexico the only countries with a direct service to LHR
are Brazil and Argentina.
have 39 of the daily flights to the USA followed by UA
with 19; AA
18 and VS
- Outside the USA AC
have 11 flights to 8 destinations; BA
11 flights to 9 destinations and JJ
2 flights to 2 destinations.
- There are 10 carriers crossing the Atlantic - the only non UK /USA carriers being AC
serve 18 destinations in the US followed by VS
at 7; UA
5 and US 2. NZ
- Of the 124 flights One world have 68; Star Alliance 34; Skyteam 9; and non allied airlines 13
- Most popular destinations; JFK
10; EWR10; LAX
10; and BOS
What this tells us I am not sure
but in my view it
a) questions the accepted assumption that LHR
is a BA
fortress when it comes to the Americas at least
b)the route planners really should look at their atlases and see what countries and opportunities exist south of Mexico.
I was hoping I could have done a summary of the aeroplane types that shuttle back and forth - does anyone know of a good website where that information can be found.