Future Air Traffic Control

MQT on 2000-12-20
Session date: 
December 20, 2000
Question By: 
Roger Evans
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Do you plan to make any representations to the government about the future of NATS? In Particular, will the planned reorganisation and change of ownership impact upon your stratergies for air quality and for noise? Have you views on the effects on the safety of Londoners on the gorunds and in the air?


Answer for Future Air Traffic Control

Answer for Future Air Traffic Control

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I did not just make representations: I voted against the Bill on the issue of the partial privatisation of air traffic control. If air traffic control is not properly resourced and well run, more delays with aircraft queuing to take off or waiting to land could certainly increase air pollution and noise over London. I do not have responsibility for air safety, but this must, of course, be paramount. I believe that the current proposals introduce unnecessary risks, and I will continue to push on behalf of Londoners for an arrangement that guarantees future resources for the safest possible air traffic control system.