HC Deb 08 July 1964 vol 698 cc401-2
31. Mr. Dance

asked the Minister of Aviation if he will state the cost of the lowest available round-trip fares between London and New York for 1954 and 1964.

Mr. Marten

In 1954 the lowest fare was the tourist off-season return at £151 16s. In 1964 the lowest fare is an economy-class 14/21-day excursion fare of £107 3s.

Mr. Dance

May I ask my hon. Friend whether he is satisfied that enough publicity has been given to these obviously very good value flights? Can he say how many passengers took advantage of these lower prices during the period in question?

Mr. Marten

I think that the Corporations and the air companies advertise these flights sufficiently, and the ventilation of this question here will help. In real money terms the reduction in fares is even more striking, and passengers are travelling faster.