§ Captain Bullock
asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is now in a position to make any statement with regard to the delays in the London to Paris Imperial Airways, Limited, services on Friday, 23rd June; whether the same services on Monday 26th June were running to scheduled time; and if he can give particulars as to the occasions on which the Imperial Airways, Limited, services from London to Paris and Paris to London have not been able to maintain scheduled times during the month of June?1310W
On the 23rd June all air services between London and the Continent were seriously dislocated throughout the day on account of prolonged periods of bad visibility. In the case of the joint Imperial Airways—British Airways service between London and Paris, it was necessary to cancel the last two flights from London and the last three from Paris. On the 26th June the service was operated to scheduled times except for a minor delay on one flight.
Of 404 flights scheduled for the month of June on this service, seven were cancelled, one was interrupted and in 22 cases delay in departure exceeded 20 minutes. Bad weather caused six of the cancellations and 12 of the irregular departures. The unavoidable employment of the Heracles type aircraft on 20 flights was responsible for irregularity in actual times as compared with the scheduled times.
§ Mr. Perkins
asked the Secretary of State for Air whether the Imperial Airways, Limited, services from London to Paris ran satisfactorily on 15th and 20th June without any delays taking place on either day?