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Airport Charges

Volume 15: debated on Monday 14 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what estimate he has made of the effect on the British air transport industry of the proposed increases in charges levied by the British Airports Authority and the Civil Aviation Authority; and if he will make a statement.

The increases in charges proposed by the British Airports Authority and the Civil Aviation Authority are still being discussed with the airlines and no formal proposals will be put to me until this process of consultation is completed. It would not be practicable to estimate the effect of any increases on the British air transport industry as a whole because these charges affect individual airlines in different ways, depending on the airlines' patterns of operations.