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APPROVAL OF UNITED AIRLINES' CHICAGO-LONDON BID WILL ELIMINATE MONOPOLY IN THAT MARKET

 CHICAGO, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- When United Airlines gains approval to offer Chicago-London service, passengers and shippers who use O'Hare International Airport will finally gain new competition on a route that is a U.S. flag carrier monopoly for Dallas-based American Airlines. United today provided its response to the U.S. Department of Transportation on American's recent filing to block United's Chicago-London bid.
 "Instead of maintaining a monopoly in a market that grew by nearly 50 percent last year, United's service will introduce much-needed competition to the Chicago-London market," said United Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stephen M. Wolf. "With our principal hub at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and our Atlantic connecting complex at London's Heathrow Airport, United is uniquely equipped to put a valuable international route asset to its highest and best use. In Chicago alone, we will offer competitive on-line service opportunities for passengers traveling between 58 U.S. cities and London."
 United's filing comes as U.S. Transportation Secretary Federico Pena leaves for London to meet with U.K. Secretary of State for Transport John MacGregor. United has requested approval from the U.S. and U.K. governments for its Chicago-London service by May 14 in order to launch the service July 15.
 "Clearly, Chicago-London service from United will take us closer to a more balanced U.S.-U.K. aviation relationship and will help ensure the United States' continued competitiveness in world aviation," Wolf said.
 Late last month, United reached agreement with USAir to acquire the carrier's Philadelphia-London route with the intent of transferring the route authority to the Chicago O'Hare-London Heathrow market.
 United emphasized that a Chicago-London route also would enable it to relieve the congestion at United's European gateway at Washington's Dulles International Airport. The absence of a second U.S. carrier service from Chicago is currently forcing a large number of Chicago London passengers over the Dulles gateway.
 Support for United's transaction has been growing. So far, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar, 18 members of the Illinois U.S. congressional delegation, Indiana Gov. Evan Bayh, Sen. Larry Pressler of South Dakota, Congressman Frank Wolf of Virginia, and the United Pilots Master Executive Council of the Air Line Pilots Association have actively petitioned President Clinton and Secretary Pena to approve the transaction, citing the many benefits to consumers.
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