Talks last week on a limited air transport deal between the UK and the USA failed to yield much progress, and a second round has not yet been scheduled. The UK's transport ministry proposed relaxing limits on Fifth Freedom flights by US carriers, opening up London Heathrow airport to more transatlantic carriers and making it easier for UK carriers to operate Fifth Freedom flights between the USA and the Caribbean. The Heathrow-USA market is limited to four carriers, American Airlines, British Airways, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic. The UK proposal would allow other carriers up to four flights a day from Heathrow to the USA. The US Department of Transportation says that it will get US carriers' comments on the proposal before replying.

Source: Flight International