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Hurn Airport

Volume 649: debated on Monday 20 November 1961

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asked the Minister of Aviation what is his policy in regard to future operations at Hurn Airport.

The air services operated from Hurn are primarily a matter for the operators themselves, provided they can secure the necessary air service licences.

Is my hon. Friend satisfied with the advice which he has received about the transfer of operations from Southampton to Hurn? In view of the trend of traffic back to Southampton, will he look at the situation very carefully before any further expenditure at Hurn is incurred.

The question of where aircraft should operate from is now a matter for the Air Transport Licensing Board and not within the responsibility of the Minister. We are now planning new terminal buildings at Hurn, and, of course, they will be planned in relation to the expected traffic.