This In Focus briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Airports Act 1986 (Amendment) Bill [HL] on 19 June 2015.Jump to full report >>
The Airports Act 1986 (Amendment) Bill [HL] is a private member’s bill introduced by Lord Empey (Ulster Unionist Party). The Bill would amend the Airports Act 1986 to:
Concerns have been raised that airlines might re-allocate slots at Heathrow currently used for flights to and from regional airports such as Belfast to more profitable international routes, particularly if a proposed takeover of Aer Lingus by IAG goes ahead, or if a decision were taken not to expand Heathrow.
Lord Empey introduced similar bills in the 2011–12 and 2012–13 parliamentary sessions. On both occasions, the Government commended the aims of the bill but said they could not support it as it would be incompatible with EU law. EU legislation governing the allocation of slots at airports only permits government intervention in specific circumstances. Moves to amend this legislation as part of the European Commission’s ‘Better Aiports’ package stalled in late 2012.
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Author: Nicola Newson
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