§ 24. Colonel J. R. H. Hutchison
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation what percentage increase the latest landing charges for the use of Government aerodromes represents compared with prewar charges, and with the scale of charges existing immediately before the increase, respectively.
Mr. Ivor Thomas
The latest landing charges for the use of State-controlled aerodromes by commercial aircraft show a general increase, compared with prewar charges, of 50 per cent. in respect of aerodromes with grass runways and 5W 150 per cent. in respect of aerodromes with hard runways. For private aircraft the new scale shows increases ranging, according to weight, from 50 per cent-to 114 per cent. in respect of aerodromes with grass runways and from 150 per cent. to 257 per cent. in respect of aerodromes with hard runways. The prewar special scale for private aircraft of less than 3,000 lb. maximum permissible weight has been discontinued. The scale of charges has been revised in the light of increases in establishment and maintenance costs, especially at aerodromes provided with hard runways. There has been no previous revision of the prewar scale.