Airspace Restrictions

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd April 1995.

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Photo of Anthony Steen Anthony Steen , South Hams 12:00 am, 3rd April 1995

When British Midland was given enough slots to become the second British carrier to fly to Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels, fares dropped by about a third and the percentage share of passengers using those services went up from about 40 to 60 per cent. Will the Minister therefore consider using, if not public money, then money raised from the private sector, to invest in the necessary technology to provide new and additional slots out of London? In that way, additional British carriers could fly on the other trunk routes—which have only British Airways here and the state airline at the other end in Europe—and so provide increased competition and reduced fare prices to the consumer.