London-Moscow Air Services

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Aviation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th March 1959.

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Photo of Mr Harold Watkinson Mr Harold Watkinson , Woking 12:00 am, 25th March 1959

Yes, Sir. I am glad to say that an Exchange of Notes, bringing into effect the Air Services Agreement between this country and the U.S.S.R., was signed in Moscow yesterday. I am hopeful that services will be able to start early this summer.

The TU 104 aircraft which the Soviet airline intends to use will, in accordance with the terms of the Agreement, employ operating techniques and procedures designed to minimise the disturbance caused by noise to residents near London Airport, including the use of only one runway for take-off. The operations of the TU 104 into London Airport will be reviewed as soon as sufficient experience has been gained to enable us to judge whether the initial conditions of operation should be varied.