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Airlines of Britain Holdings chairman Michael Bishop. (interview)

London-Some large European airlines would like to forge links to pre-empt the emergence of leaner and more competitive carriers, and use the current shortage of space and slots at major airports as a tool to achieve this objective, Michael Bishop, chairman of Airlines of Britain Holdings, the four-airline group that includes British Midland Airways, said here. "It is essential for the consumer that any such efforts are met by swift and robust intervention by the regulators." Bishop was speaking to the newly formed Aviation Club, after which, he discussed the prospects of new-entrant airlines in post-1993 Europe with ATW

To the Aviation Club, he said that to make the single European domestic market of beyond 1992 a success, air fares below many of the existing tariff structures are needed to stimulate business and leisure traffic development.

"Many of the complaints made about us by larger airlines would carry greater weight if their own operations on intraEuropean routes were more profitable," Bishop said. …

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