Private Flying (Aerodromes)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Aviation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd June 1964.

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Photo of Commander Anthony Courtney Commander Anthony Courtney , Harrow East 12:00 am, 3rd June 1964

asked the Minister of Aviation what aerodromes listed in the United Kingdom Air Pilot have been closed to private flying over the last three years.

Photo of Mr Neil Marten Mr Neil Marten , Banbury

Apart from small landing strips—used only for holiday joy rides—there have, during the last three years, been nine deletions from the list in the Air Pilot of aerodromes available for civil fliers. Of these, three have been or are being replaced and two military airfields may soon be re-opened as civil aerodromes. During the same period, there have been 15 additions to the list of aerodromes available for civil fliers. I am arranging for the details to be published in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Photo of Commander Anthony Courtney Commander Anthony Courtney , Harrow East

Is my hon. Friend aware that since 1939 no fewer than 14 airfields used for private flying and business flying have been closed in the vicinity of London alone? Is this fate likely to overtake aerodromes at Booker and White Waltham?

Photo of Mr Neil Marten Mr Neil Marten , Banbury

I do not know about White Waltham, but certainly we hope that Booker airfield will be developed as a civil aerodrome.

Following are the details:

AERODROMES LISTED IN "AIR PILOT" WHICH WERE CLOSED TO CIVIL FLIERS DURING THE PAST THREE YEARS
Civil aerodromesRemarks
Belfast (Nutts Corner).Now replaced by Aldergrove.
PeterboroughAlternatives are being found.
Reading (Woodley)Another landing strip is being planned in the area.
R.A.F. airfields
BookerWill probably be developed as a civil aerodrome.
Horsham St. FaithMay be developed as a civil aerodrome.
Duxford
Lyneham
Tangmere
Waterbeach

AERODROMES LISTED IN "AIR PILOT" WHICH HAVE BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO CIVIL FLIERS DURING THE PAST THREE YEARS
Civil aerodromes
Barrow in FurnessEnniskillen (St. Angelo)
BlackbusheHalfpenny Green
ChalgroveHucknall South
Compton AbbasNottingham (Tollerton)
Dundee (Riverside Park)Shobdon
Sunderland (Usworth)
R.A.F. airfields
BinbrookNortholt
North WealdWest Raynham