Delta to launch service from London to Miami and Boston

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Delta Air Lines Inc. said it’s seeking to add flights from London’s Heathrow Airport to Boston and Miami, routes flown by AMR Corp.’s American Airlines.

Boston would get twice-daily service to Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport, and Miami would get daily flights, Delta said today in a statement. The Atlanta-based carrier said it applied for clearance from the European Commission and the U.S. Transportation Department.

Delta’s London expansion steps up the competition with Fort Worth, Texas-based American as the two carriers try to gain market share in New York. Delta, the world’s largest airline, said Aug. 18 it would add a second Heathrow flight several days at week to its hubs in Atlanta and Detroit.

American, the second-largest airline in the U.S. by passenger traffic, serves Heathrow from its hub in Miami and from Boston. Flight slots at Heathrow became available after regulators approved a joint venture between American and British Airways Plc.