Details about the new air routes that will be opened up to competition by the “open skies” agreement between the USA and the European Union next year are beginning to emerge.
This week, Northwest Airlines and KLM confirmed that they will provide services from London’s Heathrow airport to a number of major cities in America’s Midwest and on the west coast.
Along with flights to Detroit and Minneapolis, Northwest’s hub airports, the joint venture partners will provide a daily flight from Heathrow to Seattle from June 2008.
British Airways is currently the only operator serving this destination, and is a very expensive, highly lucrative route. Competition is likely to bring considerable benefits for air passengers aiming to get to the north-west USA’s biggest and most economically important city.