Overflight Restrictions (Germany)

Transport written question – answered on 20th November 2003.

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Photo of Tom Levitt Tom Levitt Labour, High Peak

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations have been made by his Department to (a) the German Government, (b) the European Commission and (c) the Council of Ministers in relation to the recent decision by the German Government to impose overflight restrictions into Zurich airport; and what assessment he has made of its effect on (i) British interests and (ii) bilateral British-Swiss trade and investment.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

The Department has made no such representations. The German decision is the subject of a complaint by the Swiss Government to the European Commission, which may be followed by an application to the European Court of Justice. We are currently assessing possible effects of the overflight restrictions on UK interests.

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