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Clause 18 - Licence conditions

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:15 pm on 1st March 2012.

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Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Shadow Minister (Transport) 2:15 pm, 1st March 2012

My hon. Friend raises a useful point about amendment 20, which says,

“A licence must include provisions requiring the holder…to provide support for stranded passengers at airports.”

We certainly see that as a matter for dialogue with all those within the airport, because they would have to engage with those providing services there, as well as those providing the customers. As part of a licence requirement, it would need to be demonstrated that the airport was prepared to deal with stranded passengers. We have heard examples of the difficulties passengers get into, which we ourselves are familiar with. It is very much part of the role of the licensing regime to improve the passenger experience.

In conclusion, we want to press the amendment to a vote.