Prestwick

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Aviation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th November 1946.

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Photo of Mr George Lindgren Mr George Lindgren , Wellingborough

Prestwick was designated an international airport on the day it was taken over by the Ministry of Civil Aviation—1st April, 1946. There are 15 international services at present operating through it every week in each direction. There is at the moment also a service six times weekly London-Prestwick-Renfrew-Aberdeen. As British European Airways Corporation's resources expand, additional services touching Prestwick will be established to feed the international services and serve the Ayrshire coast.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore , Ayr District of Burghs

Despite that customary soothing answer, can the Minister explain why the Scottish company operating this great airport have had to go to Dutch K.L.M. and French Air France to get charter work in order to keep themselves alive?

Photo of Mr George Lindgren Mr George Lindgren , Wellingborough

We are most grateful to Scottish aviation for doing that. These airlines are run on bilateral agreements and when they take such action we get the aircraft based in this country on both routes when we establish our own air line. Also, from the Chancellor of the Exchequer's point of view, it is a very important invisible export.

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

Can the Minister tell the House whether there are any Scottish-built aircraft flying from Britain?