U S AND UK negotiations over a new bilateral air-services agreement have again stalled, although the UK Department of Transport says that it expects a fresh round of talks to be tabled soon. Despite what is described as a more optimistic atmosphere, the last two rounds of talks have produced no results.

United Airlines had hoped to start Chicago-London Heathrow services, but was refused. Filing with the US transportation department for permission to operate the route, United said that it expected "...imminent developments in the US-UK aviation relationship [would] enable this authority to be implemented promptly".

American Airlines and Delta Airlines also sought greater Heathrow access, while British Airways wants stronger links in the US domestic market.

Source: Flight International