BM's Russian accord - British Midland has outlined an agreement in which with its Russian partner, Transaero, will fly one weekly to Moscow while BMwill fly four services. British Midland has just been designated as the second carrier, after British Airways, on the London-Moscow route. US Air goes to UK - US Airways is seeking to break British Airways' monopoly on flights from London Gatwick to Pittsburgh with an application to fly the route. This requires a new UK-US bilateral. The carrier, which flies to Gatwick from Philadelphia, obtained slots at the London airport to fly the transatlantic route from its Charlotte hub in March. Change in Middle East - KLM will launch flights from Amsterdam to Saudi capital Riyadh via Jeddah in June. It is using capacity from a route it is cancelling to Sana'a, capital of Yemen, which has been suffering from falling revenues and high costs. Alliance partner Alitalia is starting flights to Tripoli in May out of Rome and Milan Malpensa. Debonair boost - Debonair is adding a seventh European and second Italian destination in June. The carrier will fly to Perugia from London Luton. It is also reviving a Luton-Nice service. UK regions grow - Malaysia Airlines has launched flights to Manchester via Munich, while Emirates has commenced direct flights to the airport. JEA, meanwhile, has begun flying from Birmingham to Toulouse.

Source: Airline Business