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Procedure : 2008/2169(INL)
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PV 06/05/2009 - 15
CRE 06/05/2009 - 15

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PV 07/05/2009 - 9.18
CRE 07/05/2009 - 9.18
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Thursday, 7 May 2009 - Strasbourg OJ edition

10. Explanations of vote
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- Report: Paolo Costa (A6-0274/2009 )

  Neena Gill (PSE ). – Mr President, I rise in support of the Costa report. However, I am concerned, and I wanted to bring to the attention of this House how provisions like these are being used to stifle competition rather than protect airlines, the purpose of this legislation.

It is not unusual for airlines to hoard airport slots. Let me share an example with you: Birmingham airport in my constituency. We have seen the suspension of direct flights to Amritsar by Air India. This highly popular and profitable service was cancelled last October, forcing customers into unnecessary travel and inconvenience to go to other airports, the reason being that Air India did not want to lose its highly valuable Heathrow slots. It really takes your breath away that there are plenty of other airlines who would be filling to fill the slots but are unable to because Air India is holding onto them.

What I hope will happen as a result of this is that we will ensure that airlines do not hold on to slots unnecessarily. The Commission needs to be vigilant that this legislation is not misused. It is not just that I have a suspicious mind, but the chances are that the consumer will be left with precious few choices.

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