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

DELTA GETS TENTATIVE DOT APPROVAL FOR PAN AM'S DETROIT-LONDON ROUTE
 WASHINGTON, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The transfer to Delta Air Lines of the Detroit-London route formerly served by Pan American World Airways was tentatively approved today by the Department of Transportation.
 On Oct. 18, 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 transfer of the route and requested it be awarded to Northwest. DOT called for more information from Delta and Pan Am. On Dec. 4, Pan Am ceased all operations.
 In a show cause order issued today, the department noted that it generally approves proposed route transfers unless they conflict with important international aviation policy objectives or are otherwise inconsistent with the public interest. It said it has tentatively found no such obstacles to the transfer.
 The department tentatively found that the sale of the route to Delta is consistent with international policy goals and the public interest. The order points out that this is not a carrier selection case nor one in which it must choose between two route transfer applications.
 Delta plans to continue operating Pan Am's Cleveland-Detroit- London service. Cleveland is one of the largest cities that does not have non-stop service to London, the order said. 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 approval to operate the route.
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 /CONTACT: Ed O'Hara of the U.S. Department of Transportation, 202-366-5571/ CO: U.S. Department of Transportation ST: Michigan IN: AIR SU:


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