Virgin Atlantic has said it will fight hard to launch services between Scottish airports and Heathrow.
The move is in response to the takeover of bmi by Spanish firm International Airline Group (IAG), British Airways's parent company, which Virgin said will damage competition.
Virgin will start its first domestic flights between London and Manchester from next spring and hopes to link Aberdeen and Edinburgh with Heathrow. It said it will bid to take over slots on those routes, now available as a result of the IAG takeover.
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