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Delta plans to add London flights

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By Bloomberg News
August 27, 2010

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NEW YORK — Delta Air Lines Inc. is seeking to add flights from London’s Heathrow Airport to Boston and Miami, routes flown by AMR Corp.’s American Airlines.

Boston would get twice-daily service to Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport, and Miami would get daily flights, Delta said yesterday. The Atlanta-based carrier said it has applied for clearance from the European Commission and the US Department of Transportation.

Delta’s London expansion would step up competition with Fort Worth-based American as the carriers try to gain market share in New York. Delta, the world’s largest airline, said Aug. 18 that it would add a second Heathrow flight several days a week to its hubs in Atlanta and Detroit.

American, the second-largest airline in the United States by passenger traffic, serves Heathrow from its hub in Miami and from Boston.

Flight slots at Heathrow became available after regulators approved a joint venture between American and British Airways PLC.