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DELTA AIRLINES GETS DOT APPROVAL FOR PAN AM'S DETROIT-LONDON ROUTE

DELTA AIRLINES GETS DOT APPROVAL FOR PAN AM'S DETROIT-LONDON ROUTE
 WASHINGTON, April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The transfer to Delta Air Lines of the Detroit-London route formerly served by Pan American World Airways today received final Department of Transportation approval, subject to certain conditions.
 On Oct. 11, 1991, the department approved the sale of most of Pan American's trans-Atlantic routes to Delta. However, DOT deferred action on the Detroit-London route after Northwest Airlines and several Detroit parties opposed the transfer and requested that the route be awarded to Northwest. On Dec. 4, Pan Am ceased all operations. Last week, Pan Am filed a notice to terminate its contract to transfer the Detroit-London route to Delta.
 In a final order released today, the department approved transfer of the route to Delta with the condition that Delta's authority would be terminated if the courts issue a final judgment, not subject to further appeal, deciding that Pan American's contract to transfer the route to Delta is no longer enforceable.
 Delta argued that its contract with Pan Am is still valid. The department stated that this contractual dispute is an issue that should be decided by the courts, not DOT. It said that by conditioning the authority to Delta, today's order preserves the contract rights of all claimants until the courts resolve the dispute over the contract.
 Today's action makes final DOT's March 31 show-cause order tentatively approving transfer of the route to Delta. As it said in the earlier order, the department generally approves market-based route transfers unless they conflict with important international aviation policy objectives or are otherwise inconsistent with the public interest.
 DOT said that Delta will make effective use of the route and that its planned schedules are equal or superior to those operated by Pan American. It also found that the transfer would have no adverse effects on competition.
 Delta plans to continue operating Pan Am's Cleveland-Detroit- London service. Cleveland business and city officials supported Delta for the route, while Detroit and Michigan officials supported Northwest. After Pan Am ceased operations in December, DOT granted Delta temporary exemption authority to operate the route.
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