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Airports (Amendment) Bill [HL] 2012-13


(This Bill is from a previous session)



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    Lords Private Members' Bill


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  • Second Reading: House of Lords Second Reading: House of Lords

    09 Nov 2012

    The House of Lords debated the general principles of the Bill, which was read for a second time and passed to a committee of the whole house.


A Bill presented by Lord Empey to amend the Airports Act 1986. The Bill will ensure that transport links between Heathrow and regional hubs are maintained. 

The measures were introduced following the announcement of the takeover of BMI by British Airways. There are growing concerns that the takeover may lead to severe cuts in routes between London Heathrow and Belfast city as some of BMI's Heathrow landing slots may be used for more lucrative international flights. BMI currently operates flights between Heathrow and Belfast airport. 

Maintaining the Belfast to London Heathrow service has been highlighted as being important to both business and leisure passengers and vital to the Northern Ireland economy.

The Bill received its first reading during the 2010-12 Parliamentary Session on 7 December 2011, however, due to prorogation the Bill was dropped.  Lord Empey has re-tabled the Bill for the new Session.