British European Airways (Buses)

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

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Mr. Pounder asked:

the Minister of Aviation if he will give a general direction to British European Airways, in the public interest, to provide buses of about 20-seater capacity to connect with British European Airways domestic flights which will leave for the city terminal approximately five minutes after the flight arrival for the convenience of passengers travelling with cabin luggage only.

Photo of Mr Neil Marten Mr Neil Marten , Banbury

No, Sir; the timing of these services and the type of vehicle used are management matters for which British European Airways are responsible.

Photo of Mr Rafton Pounder Mr Rafton Pounder , Belfast South

Is my hon. Friend not aware that at London Airport, in particular, there is often a delay of 15 to 20 minutes between the arrival of the flight and the departure of the coach for the city terminus? Is he not aware that this is due to the time taken for luggage collection? Is he not aware that normally it takes two coaches to meet the requirements of each of these domestic flights? Will he consider using one of them for business men travelling with hand luggage only?

Photo of Mr Neil Marten Mr Neil Marten , Banbury

Both these are questions of management for the airline and not questions on which I could agree to give a general direction, which is the subject of the Question on the Order Paper.