Heathrow Airport

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th June 1987.

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Photo of Mr Bernie Grant Mr Bernie Grant , Tottenham 12:00 am, 29th June 1987

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received concerning BWIA's application to increase flights to Heathrow airport.

Photo of Peter Bottomley Peter Bottomley Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Trinidad and Tobago Government recently sought additional traffic rights for BWIA between the east Caribbean and London. It was supported by St. Lucia and Barbados. I am pleased that the matter has been resolved.

Photo of Mr Bernie Grant Mr Bernie Grant , Tottenham

Is the Minister aware of the concern in my constituency[Interruption.]

Photo of Mr Bernie Grant Mr Bernie Grant , Tottenham

—at the fact that the BWIA cannot have more routes from Heathrow airport? Is he further aware that British Airways has four times the number of routes of any Caribbean carrier? Does he not consider that this is unfair, especially on the basis of the Government's policy of free and fair competition? Will the Minister meet a delegation to discuss this matter further?

Photo of Peter Bottomley Peter Bottomley Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on his question. It is as reasonable for him to ask that question as for any other hon. Member to pursue air traffic agreements for constituency or other reasons. I am not sure that I am the right person to meet a delegation. The discussions that took place, the agreement that was reached and the resolution of the matter raised were a tribute to people getting together and trying to sort out problems. Some air traffic agreements are not simple, and I am sure that this one will benefit from the hon. Gentleman's interest.