RAF Northolt

House of Lords written question – answered on 11 December 2008.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Deputy Chairman (Field Campaigning), The Conservative Party

To ask Her Majesty's Government who decides on the use of Royal Air Force Northolt for civilian aircraft; and who gets priority over its use.

To ask Her Majesty's Government who determines priority if demand for use of Royal Air Force Northolt exceeds availability; and on what basis.

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any special deals have been negotiated with any operators for the use of Royal Air Force Northolt by civilian aircraft; if so, with whom; and on what basis.

Photo of Baroness Taylor of Bolton Baroness Taylor of Bolton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (International Defence and Security), Ministry of Defence, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (International Defence and Security) (also in Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Use of RAF Northolt for civilian aircraft is permitted under the MoD wider markets initiative which utilises the station's irreducible spare capacity. There is an agreement with one commercial operator which leases a hangar at the station that provides a guarantee of a fixed number of landing slots. This benefit arose from a tender competition which was open to all civil operators.

The use of the remaining irreducible spare capacity, within the voluntary ceiling of 7,000 civil commercial movements per year, is available to all civilian operators on a first-come, first-served basis.

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