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Landing Rights

Volume 492: debated on Thursday 14 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has had recent discussions with representatives of the airline industry on the alleviation of the 80 per cent. use it or lose it practice regarding landing slots at UK airports; and if he will make a statement. (274155)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport and a number of officials from the Department for Transport have had discussions with representatives of the airline industry regarding the European Commission's proposal to suspend the ‘use it or lose it’ (UIOLI) rule under the EC Airports Slot Allocation Regulation.

While we recognise the value of the UIOLI rule, we support the Commission's proposal to suspend it on a temporary basis to help airlines through the current economic downturn and prevent unnecessary flights.