Airport News

New transatlantic services announced

Thu, 15 Nov, 2007

Continental Airlines today unveiled plans to launch two new direct services from London Heathrow Airport to the US on March 29th next year.

The new services fly to Newark Liberty International Airport and Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport and will both operate twice a day.

Continental has long run services from London Gatwick Airport to New York, Houston and Cleveland, but had been prevented from operating out of Heathrow by a bilateral agreement between US and UK flight authorities.

However, the new Open Skies agreement between the US and EU has made it possible for Continental to fly to the UK's busiest airport and chairman Larry Kellner said the development would benefit passengers.

"We look forward to the chance to compete at Europe's most important business airport," added Mr Kellner.

BAA recently announced passenger numbers on transatlantic routes from its seven UK airports were 8.9 per cent higher in October 2007 than in the corresponding period last year.

Joe Evans

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