HC Deb 03 December 1958 vol 596 c152W
110. Sir A. V. Harvey

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, how many landings and take-offs have taken place at Gatwick Airport since 1st October, 1958; and what are his plans for increasing traffic at this airport.

Mr. Watkinson

There have been 966 landings and 953 take-offs at Gatwick since 1st October up to and including 2nd December. Diversions from London Airport have numbered 63, including a Comet airliner and the aircraft carrying Vice-President Nixon, and have shown the value of Gatwick as a bad weather alternate during recent foggy weather. I expect traffic to increase steadily and my Department is at present in consultation with operators who are interested in establishing themselves at Gatwick or in operating further services from there.