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 4:45 pm on 13th March 2012.

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Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Conservative, Daventry 4:45 pm, 13th March 2012

Perhaps I can help the hon. Gentleman out. I thank him for giving way. I agree with him most of the time. His airport services a huge number of people from my constituency, and I am afraid that I have to say to my hon. Friend the Member for Crawley that it is probably Daventry’s favourite London airport. Let us consider the example of Silverjet, which had a route to New York. It was a busy route, but not profitable enough for that airline to keep going. My problem with the new clause is that it would tie the arms of new and fledgling businesses operating out of our regional airports. East Midlands airport is the airport that I know best and have used the most. I would hate us to constrain new entries into the market by giving them the worry that they might have to service a route that is unprofitable.