asked the Minister for Transport and Power what proposals were made by this country's representatives at the recent international conference of air line operators, and with what result; and what agreement was arrived at affecting this country.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - International Conference of Air Line Operators.
The Airline Operators' Conference, to which, I presume, the question refers, is the annual meeting of the Traffic Conference of the International Air Transport Association of which the Irish air companies are members. Governments are not represented at the Conference.
I am informed by Aer Lingus Teoranta that representatives of the Irish airlines recently attended a meeting of the Association. The Irish representatives sought and obtained approval for all of the Aer Lingus passenger fares and cargo rates proposed for application during the Summer and Winter of 1960/61. The proposals included a new Dublin Lisbon excursion fare, special fares for inclusive tours between Ireland and the Continent of Europe and some reductions in ordinary fares between Ireland and the Continent.
The Irish representatives secured the extension to Shannon of very low rates already applying to the carriage of certain types of cargo between New York and points in Europe. The meeting failed to agree on passenger rates for the North Atlantic.