HC Deb 25 February 1970 vol 796 c330W
63. Mr. Michael McNair-Wilson

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will make a statement on the question of British European Airways being afforded the appropriate landing rights for the operation of services between the United Kingdom and Turkey.

Mr. Goronwy Roberts

Turkish Airlines last year sought permission to restart services to London, which they had discontinued in 1962. When permission was granted, it was pointed out that, in view of the serious problems of congestion foreseen at London (Heathrow) they would have to operate to London (Gatwick), as they had been specifically advised in 1960 would probably be the case. The Turkish authorities did not accept this, and have denied permission for B.E.A. to continue to operate to Turkey. Consultations are still in progress.