Nashville has the Grand Old Opry and Orlando has Disney World. Now those two cities have scripted a truly cornball idea: stealing Baltimore-Washington International Airport's passenger route to London. To which we say, phooey.
"The Washington region is well served with other Washington-to-London routes and Philadelphia-to-London service," Rep. Bob Clement, D-Tenn., maintains in urging the route to be transferred to Memphis. Next time the esteemed lawmaker takes a junket, let him fly out of Philadelphia and see how he likes that convenience.
Orlando, for its part, feels it needs additional service that British Airways and several charter airlines do not already provide.
We have nothing against either Nashville or Orlando. But those attempting to transfer an existing Trans World Airways route out of Baltimore are operating on a false premise. The route may be for sale, but the gateway cities are not. Therefore, if the route is sold, it should be sold to an airline that will continue service from BWI to London's Gatwick airport.