Decision Reserved on Airport Service Bids
If you've noticed an error in this article please click here to report it so we can fix it.
'THE late arrival of aircraft at Southend airport was stated to be one of the major reasons for a series of applications by W. C. Standerwick Ltd., Scout Motor Services Ltd. and Yelloways Motor Services Ltd. at Manchester on Monday.
Mr. F. D. Walker, for the three companies, said that one group of licences was for an express service between Blackpool and Derby airport via Manchester, another for a service between Blackpool and Derby Airport via Warrington, and a third between Blackburn and Derby via Macclesfield and Leek. The services were intended for the use of passengers travelling to Jersey for holidays and at Derby they would join an aircraft taking them direct to the island.
These holidays were organized by Caytours Ltd., Blackpool, who at present was licensed to travel to Southend airport. In the past the return flights had been so late that passengers had been coming to the North on Monday morning and missing a day's work. Departures would be on Sunday and it was necessary for there to be separate coach loads as the routes varied and aircraft left at different times.
Arrangements had been made with Derby Aviation Ltd. and only passengers who had been pre-booked on Gaytour holidays would be carried. If possible they wished to keep Southend airport on the licences, in case they could not use Derby on certain occasions.
The Yelloways section of the application was opposed by the Trent Motor Traction Co. Ltd., who operated an express service between Manchester and Derby in conjunction with North Western Road Car Co. Ltd. and also a feeder service between Derby and the airport. It was said on the company's behalf that there was danger of abstraction.
The Chairman of the North Western Traffic Commissioners, Major-General A. F. J. Elmslie, reserved his decision.