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Singapore Airlines (Manchester)

Volume 78: debated on Wednesday 1 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport what view British Airways has expressed during his Department's negotiations with the Singapore Government over flying rights to Manchester; and what reaction his Department has given to such views.

I do not wish to establish the precedent of revealing the views particular airlines may express about inter-governmental air service negotiations.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport why negotiations on an application by Singapore Airlines to open up flights to Manchester lasted for three days.

Since the Singapore Government first applied to negotiate a new agreement with us on 18 March 1985, I consider it extremely speedy that a conclusion was reached on 3 May.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport why Manchester airport authority was not invited to participate in the consultations between the aeronautical authorities of Singapore and the United Kingdom over Singapore Airlines' application to open a service to Manchester.

These are discussions between Governments; airports are not represented at the discussions but are consulted.