Eleven airlines are using the airport regularly, and there are also charter and executive flights and diversions. The estimated passenger movements for 1960 are about 475,000, compared with 367,850 last year. B.E.A. propose to transfer some of its London-Paris services to Gatwick by 1st April, 1961, and I have requested Air France to do the same. These and similar transfers of other Continental services should help to avoid congestion in the Central Terminal at London Airport.
In future plans for this airport, will my right hon. Friend take into account that British European Airways has to operate through Le Bourget and is not allowed to operate at the International Airport at Orly, whereas Air France has full use of London Airport? Should it not take a lead in moving to Gatwick?