US Airways has won permission to start service between Charlotte and London Heathrow Airport in March, the airline said Wednesday, a move likely to appeal to business travelers who would prefer to land at Londons main airport.
Currently, US Airways flies direct from Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Londons Gatwick Airport, about 30 miles outside of London. The airline also operates direct flights from Philadelphia to Heathrow.
The new Charlotte-to-Heathrow flights will operate daily; a detailed schedule and fares will be released at a later date. US Airways said the new flights will supplement existing service from Charlotte to Gatwick, and hasnt reached a final decision on whether the Gatwick service will continue or be shifted to Heathrow.
We are thrilled to make this announcement and look forward to starting service between Heathrow and Charlotte in March, said US Airways CEO Doug Parker, in a statement. This new service will augment our existing trans-Atlantic network.
The daily flight will originate in Miami, land in Charlotte and continue on to London.
US Airways will operate the flights on Airbus A330 aircraft, the planes it uses for its current Charlotte-Gatwick and Philadelphia-Heathrow flights. The planes are equipped with US Airways Envoy Suite class, which features seats that turn into full beds, individual power outlets and personal in-flight entertainment systems.
US Airways also is seeking permission to start direct flights from Charlotte to Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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