§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the likely consequences for aircraft movements from Cardiff, Wales airport of the negotiations regarding access for American passenger aircraft to Heathrow.186W
§ Mr. Norris
We do not foresee any material effect on aircraft movements at Cardiff, Wales airport arising directly from any changes which might be agreed in access for American passenger aircraft to Heathrow. However, it is possible that, as part of wider negotiations with the United States over liberalisation of air services, existing opportunities for United Kingdom and United States airlines to mount charter services between Cardiff and the United States and for United Kingdom airlines to mount a scheduled service could be supplemented by additional opportunities for United States carriers to offer scheduled services. It would be for the commercial judgment of the airlines whether to operate such services.