AIRLINES: London for only $236

"This puts transatlantic air travel in the pocket of the workingman," proclaimed Freddie Laker, the scrappy founder of Britain's Laker Airways, when in 1971 he first proposed Skytrain "shuttle" flights between New York and London at rock-bottom prices. Six years of governmental turbulence have held up the takeoff, but last week President Carter approved Laker's plan. Since the British government assented in February, Laker's three red, white and black DC-10s are now cleared to begin flying passengers Sept. 26 at the lowest fares ever quoted: $236 round trip, v. $631 for a...

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