Air Transport World

Open skies arrives.(EDITORIAL)(Editorial)

The open skies treaty between the EU and US that takes effect at the end of this month might better have been called the "Open Heathrow" treaty, since that is where 99% of the action is taking place, with five new entrants set to begin serving the airport come April 1. That Heathrow should be the vortex of activity is not surprising given that for the purposes of the US-UK market it has been closed to all but four airlines for decades. Plus, as Senior Editor and Europe Bureau Chief Cathy Buyck notes in her fine feature beginning on p. 24, 16 of the 19 EU member states with direct services to the US already enjoyed open skies when the EU-wide agreement was signed last year. Presumably, the carriers from these countries are taking full advantage of their existing freedoms. …

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