Skyteam to boost Atlantic flights on Open Sky deal
Skyteam airline alliance will boost its presence at London's Heathrow Airport to take advantage of the US-EU open skies agreement
PARIS, Feb 5, 2008 - The Skyteam airline alliance will boost its
presence at London's Heathrow Airport to take advantage of the US-EU open
skies agreement, which comes into force next month, Air France said Tuesday.
Partners in the Skyteam alliance will launch 11 new transatlantic daily
flights from March 30, serving eight US destinations -- Los Angeles, Houston,
Atlanta, New York JFK, Newark, Detroit, Minneapolis and Seattle.
Under the Open Skies accord, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines and
Northwest Airlines of the United States will gain access to Heathrow, the
first new American carriers there since 1991.
Previously, only British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines and
United Airlines were allowed to operate transatlantic flights from Heathrow
but the April 2007 Open Skies deal opened up one of the single most important
air travel markets in the world.
SkyTeam comprises 11 companies -- Aeroflot, Aeromexico, Air France,
Alitalia, China Southern Airlines, Continental Airlines, Czech Airlines, Delta
Air Lines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air and Northwest Airlines.
It flies in competition with the One World alliance of American Airlines,
British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines (JAL), LAN of
Chile, Malev of Hungary, Qantas and Royal Jordanian.