New Clause 3 - Obligation to operate an air transport service serving a specified route

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:30 pm on 13th March 2012.

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Photo of Julian Huppert Julian Huppert Liberal Democrat, Cambridge 4:30 pm, 13th March 2012

I am following what the hon. Lady says, but I am struggling to see how she can square her argument with any concern for the environment. Surely the environmental consequences of requiring airlines to continue to fly domestic flights that are unprofitable, and therefore presumably not full, are damaging. Replacing short domestic flights with long-haul larger planes that carry more people and are more efficient would much better environmentally than the sort of action she is considering.