HC Deb 04 February 1959 vol 599 c389
40. Mr. Chapman

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation arising out of his consultations with the operators concerned, if he will now state when it is proposed to start some air services to Paris and other Continental capitals from Gatwick Airport.

Mr. Hay

The transfer to Gatwick of some Paris services from London Airport is being considered; but I am not yet able to say when the move will take place.

Mr. Chapman

As Gatwick seems to be more often fog-free and as, secondly, it would help many people living in south London and south-eastern England if they could travel direct to Gatwick instead of having to come to London and then to go out to London Airport, would not it be a good thing to hurry this up?

Mr. Hay

Yes, but people go to Paris from north-west London and north London, as well as from the south-east and south London. In any event, this is a matter not for my right hon. Friend but rather for the airlines concerned.