United, American closer to landing at Heathrow


CHICAGO -- United Airlines and American Airlines moved closer yesterday to winning permission from the British government to fly into London's Heathrow Airport.

Britain said it was scrapping its rule prohibiting additional overseas lines from landing at Heathrow.

The action, by Britain's transport minister, Malcolm Rifkind, paves the way for British and U.S. officials to wrap up talks over the airlines' efforts to acquire landing rights held at Heathrow by Pan American World Airways and Trans World Airlines. More talks between the governments are scheduled for tomorrow in Washington.

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