American plans second Charlotte-Heathrow flight with Cyprus slots

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American Airlines will add a second flight between Charlotte Douglas International and London Heathrow airports in September, using slots it recently purchased from Cyprus Airways.

The second daily flight will be flown on a US Airways-subsidiary Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 258 seats from 13 September.

Cyprus disclosed that it had agreed to sell its last slot pair at Heathrow for $31 million to Fort Worth, Texas-based American in June.

“American’s recent deal with Cypress Air to obtain a landing slot at London Heathrow enables us to strengthen our presence with joint business partner British Airways,” the Oneworld alliance member said at the time. “We look forward to increasing service to and from one of the world’s most competitive business markets.”

American was forced to divest a landing slot at Heathrow to allow a competitor to enter the London-Philadelphia market as a condition of approval for its merger with US Airways in 2013.

No other carriers fly between Charlotte and London Heathrow, Innovata schedules show.