§ Mr. David Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what effect the single market will have on the ability of British airlines to provide services to and from Strasbourg; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Norris
Existing Community rules allow British airlines to operate services to Strasbourg. These rules, however, contain limitations on the capacity which carriers are entitled to provide, and regulate the fares which can be charged. On 1 January 1993, the Community's single market in air transport takes effect. Capacity limitations will then be removed; and free pricing will be introduced, subject to safeguards against excessively high or predatory fares. The decision to operate services on particular routes remains a matter for the commercial judgment of the airlines.