Gatwick Airport (Opening)

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Aviation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th December 1957.

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Photo of Mr Albert Hunter Mr Albert Hunter , Feltham 12:00 am, 18th December 1957

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether Gatwick Airport will be opened next year in time for British European Airways to operate their summer air traffic.

Photo of Sir Arthur Harvey Sir Arthur Harvey , Macclesfield

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation when he expects Gatwick Airport to be open for operations; what airlines are expected to operate there; and from what date.

Photo of Mr Airey Neave Mr Airey Neave , Abingdon

I am not yet ready to announce the exact date of opening, but I am confident that the airport will be available for services next summer. It is expected that British European Airways, Channel Island services, Transair Ltd. and Jersey Airlines, and possibly other airlines, will then operate from Gatwick.

Photo of Mr Albert Hunter Mr Albert Hunter , Feltham

Can the Joint Parliamentary Secretary say whether arrangements have been made at Victoria Station for through trains to the new airport?

Photo of Mr Airey Neave Mr Airey Neave , Abingdon

Those arrangements are under consideration at the moment by B.E.A. and the other parties concerned.