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30 March 2008

Open Skies - First Open Skies Flight Lands at London Heathrow Airport - Hostels247.com

OPEN SKIES - MORE FLIGHT OPTIONS FOR TRAVELLERS WORLDWIDE

The first plane under the open skies agreement landed at London Heathrow Airport in the early hours of morning on Sunday 30th March 2008, the Continental Airways flight from Newark to Heathrow is the first step in what is hoped to be a new era in air travel.

The president of Continental Airline Jeff Smisek, was onboard this monumental flight and told CNN Heathrow landing rights had cost Continental Airline $200 million, but that it had been "money well invested."

The open Skies agreements allows international travellers much more options in regards to non stop flights, and also allows airlines more opportunities to gain key direct flights from major cities around the world. Negotiations are still going on and further “Open Skies” negotiations are due in 2010, until then airline operators may find it hard to secure slots at airports.

No matter the speed of the progress with the “Open Skies” agreement it is well over due that airline travellers are given more options from airline carriers for non-stop transatlantic, long haul and short haul flights.
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