Tynwald resolved on 20th November 2012 –
That the Economic Committee should examine whether –
(a) the current ‘Open Skies’ policy is, in the light of changing circumstances, still in the best interests of the Isle of Man in preserving and encouraging an adequate, frequent and long-term network of scheduled air services between the Island and major business and social destinations; and
(b) the determination of the Island’s civil aviation policy should properly be in the remit of the Department of Economic Development, with the operation and management of the Airport the responsibility of the Department of Infrastructure;
and report to Tynwald Court no later than the April 2013 sitting.
The Isle of Man has adopted the regulatory position of providing free access for airlines with the required operating licence to fly routes to or from the Island. This is what is referred to as an Open Skies policy.
A transcript of the October 2012 Tynwald debate on this topic can be read here.
The Members of the Economic Committee are Mr Leonard Singer MHK (chair), Mr Dudley Butt MLC and Mr Howard Quayle MHK. Mr Quayle will take no part in this Inquiry as he is a Member of the Department of Infrastructure.
The Committee has decided to give members of the public the opportunity to submit comments and opinions on the subject matter of the investigation. Such submissions should be sent to the Committee Secretariat by Thursday 3rd January 2013.
It will be assumed that respondents are content for their response to be published unless otherwise indicated.
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