BA, American Airlines and Iberia promise the merger will prove a boon for passengers.

Airport news for Flights,Heathrow on 18/10/2010.

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The three big international carriers involved in the latest mega merger have vowed that the deal will give passengers benefits including more choice, better prices and easier travel. British Airways, Iberian and American Airlines say fares will be cheaper, there will be more flights to choose from and connecting journeys will be easier.

Airline bosses made the pledge at the launch of the new venture in London. The CEOs of the three airlines forming the Oneworld Network Group kicked off the new global alliance that is aimed at boosting their competitiveness on routes between North America and Europe.

The three carriers announced a quartet of new routes to launch next April. They said the four new routes are evidence of the early benefits of the new alliance. American Airlines will operate two routes, New York JFK-Budapest and Chicago-Helsinki. British Airways will operate the Heathrow-San Diego route and Iberia will handle the Madrid-Los Angeles route.

The three carriers have expanded codesharing to many more routes, giving travellers a vastly-increased choice of destinations. The combined network available under the venture covers more than 400 destinations across 105 countries. The three airlines offer something approximately 5,200 daily flights in total.

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