Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

Session 2003-2004

21 July 2004


Air Transport Services in Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee has decided that the Sub-committee will conduct an inquiry into air transport services in Northern Ireland.  In view of the growing importance of air transport to future economic development, including tourism, in Northern Ireland, the Sub-committee will examine:

• The development of capacity at existing airports;

• Specific challenges facing Northern Ireland as a peripheral region of the UK;

• The effectiveness of the Route Development Fund; and

• The potential impact for Northern Ireland of wider air transport issues on the island of Ireland.

The Sub-Committee may also choose to examine other associated issues which arise in the course of the inquiry.

The Committee wishes to invite any individual or organisation with an interest in this matter to submit written evidence.  This should be addressed to the Clerk of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, 7 Millbank, House of Commons, London SW1P 3JA and should arrive no later  than 30 September.

Individuals or organisations are requested to submit memoranda (guideline length up to six A4 pages) in a Word file on computer disk or by e-mail to with a single additional hard copy in the post; those without access to a computer are respectfully requested to take particular care that submissions are legible. Memoranda submitted to the Committee should be kept confidential until published by the Committee.