In the last 12-month period for which figures are available, British airlines carried 31 per cent. of the air passenger traffic between the United States and Bermuda and 48 per cent. of that between the United States and the Bahamas.
On the contrary, I would have thought that it was remarkable that we should be able to carry this amount of traffic from the United States to the two Caribbean terminal points, considering the advantages which the United States would normally derive from having initiated a great part of the traffic.
We have done our best to secure the greatest possible share, and a large part of the traffic goes from this side of the Atlantic as well. However, a large part goes from the United States and it is very much to the credit of British operators that they have been able to carry so many American passengers to the Caribbean Islands.
While endorsing everything that my right hon.. Friend has said, may I ask whether he does not think that more publicity could be given to the fact that on direct flights from this country to the Bahamas and to Bermuda no less than 25 per cent. can be saved if a British airline is used, a fact which is not sufficiently well known?