§ Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether the passenger service to India by air has been suspended; if so, for how long; and whether this applies to the whole route or whether the passenger service from Egypt to Karachi will be continued?
§ Mr. MONTAGUE
The marine aircraft of Imperial Airways suffered such severe damage during the recent period of abnormal gales in the Mediterranean that the company have found it necessary to restrict the western part of the service, which is in any case primarily a mail service, passenger accommodation being strictly limited, to mails and to accept no passengers for the present between Europe and Egypt. The company have re-arranged their fleet and are able to maintain the mail service by adopting temporarily a route via Cologne, Vienna, Budapest and Athens, instead of Genoa, Rome, etc. The usual passenger service is available between Egypt and India and the company expect that the limited passenger accommodation over the through route will again be available next month.