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 Gavin Shuker Gavin Shuker Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) 4:30 pm, 13th March 2012

I am grateful to you, Mrs Riordan, for calling me to speak as we come to the end of the day, and the end of the Bill. New clause 3 is an interesting probing amendment with much merit. We have heard from my hon. Friends the Members for Glasgow South,  and for North West Durham, about the effect of lack of capacity in the UK, and some of the unexpected consequences. Heathrow slots will always be full, certainly while it has only two runways and operates at 99% capacity, and falls over at the first burst of snow as a result, and while we lack an aviation strategy to expand capacity in the south-east properly. However, in many regional airports—Luton airport, which I would argue is London’s premier airport, is in my constituency