Delta to launch service from London to Miami and Boston


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.