In July 2010, the European Commission (EC) and the U.S Department of Transportation (DOT) granted anti-trust immunity to the Trans-Atlantic joint venture between American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia subject to a commitment to release London slot pairs on selected UK-US markets.
In order to resolve the competition concerns raised by the EC and DOT, the parties were obliged to make available at LHR (or LGW if requested) slot pairs for competing carriers to operate London to Dallas (1 x daily, with option of one-stop), London to Boston (2 x daily), London to Miami (1 x daily, with option of one-stop) and New York (3 x daily) for the IATA Season Summer 2013. The New York slots will only be available in the event that the number of competitive daily frequencies (not including those of BA/AA/IB) falls below 13 per day between London and New York.
For the Winter 2013/14 Season, the Monitoring Trustee is inviting applications for London to Boston (1 * daily) and London to New York (3 * daily).
Please see the link for further details on the process that must be followed by airlines wishing to apply for these slots.
Published: February 2013