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Air Traffic Controls

Volume 984: debated on Wednesday 14 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the operational controls on the movement of air traffic, civilian and military, at the following points of deployment of British forces: Cyprus, Gibraltar, Belize, the Falkland Islands, Hong Kong and Diego Garcia.

RAF Akrotiri and RAF Gibraltar are MOD owned and operated airfields and all air traffic movements there are under the direct control of the responsible RAF commanders. The airfields at Belize, the Falkland Islands and Hong Kong are civil airports and operations there are a matter for the local administration. However at all these five locations landings by foreign military aircraft are subject to prior diplomatic approval by the British Government. The arrangements for the control of flights at Diego Garcia are as set out in the 1976 exchange of notes between the United Kingdom and United States Governments concerning the United States Navy support facility on the island.—Cmnd. 6413.