• Short Summary

    A SECOND BERLIN "AIR LIFT" - THIS TIME OPERATED BY BRITISH, AMERICAN AND FRENCH CIVIL AIRLINES - MAY BE INTRODUCED TO COMBAT NEW TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED BY THE EAST GERMAN AUTHORITIES.

  • Description

    A SECOND BERLIN "AIR LIFT" - THIS TIME OPERATED BY BRITISH, AMERICAN AND FRENCH CIVIL AIRLINES - MAY BE INTRODUCED TO COMBAT NEW TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED BY THE EAST GERMAN AUTHORITIES.

    THE NEW TRAVEL REGULATIONS, ANNOUNCED ON JUNE 11 BY THE EAST GERMAN GOVERNMENT. REQUIRE WEST GERMANS TO HAVE VISAS TO TRAVEL THROUGH EAST GERMAN TERRITORY INTO WEST BERLIN. IN ADDITION, A NEW TAX ON ROAD AND RAIL FREIGHT INTO WEST BERLIN WAS ANNOUNCED FOR JULY 1.

    HOWEVER, IN ADDITION TO THE NORMAL ROAD AND RAIL LINKS, WEST BERLIN ALSO MAINTAINS COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE REST OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC THROUGH THE VITAL "AIR CORRIDORS". IT WAS THROUGH THESE THAT HUNDREDS OF BRITISH AND AMERICAN FREIGHTERS MAINTAINED THE FAMOUS BERLIN AIRLIFT IN 1948, WHEN THE RUSSIAN AUTHORITIES SEALED THE CITY OFF FROM THE WEST. TRAVELLERS THROUGH THE AIR ROUTES DO NOT REQUIRE SPECIAL VISAS, AND, DESPITE OCCASIONAL "BUZZING" BY EAST GERMAN AND RUSSIAN FIGHTERS, FLIGHTS FROM THE WEST ARE UNIMPEDED.

    AS A MEANS OF BREAKING THE LATEST RESTRICTIONS WHICH HAVE CAUSED HUGE QUEUES ON THE AUTOBAHN, THE HEADS OF PAN AMERICAN AIRWAYS, AIR FRANCE AND BRITISH EUROPEAN AIRWAYS HAVE BEEN ASKED TO DISCUSS THE POSSIBILITY OF INTRODUCING A ROUND-THE-CLOCK SERVICE BETWEEN HANOVER AND WEST BERLIN COSTING NO MORE THAN THE ORDINARY RAIL FARE.

    THE THREE AIRLINERS ALREADY PROVIDE 102 SUBSIDISED FLIGHT DAILY BETWEEN WEST BERLIN AND NINE WEST GERMAN AIRPORTS AND OF THE PRESENT FARE OF 96 MARKS FOR A RETURN TICKET TO HANOVER, THE WEST GERMAN AUTHORITIES PAY A SUBSIDY OF 28 MARKS. THIS SYSTEM HAS BEEN IN ACTION SINCE 1961 WHEN THE BERLIN WALL FIRST APPEARED.

    NOW IT IS SUGGESTED THAT THE FARE SHOULD BE REDUCED TO THE SAME LEVEL AS A SECOND-CLASS RAIL TICKET - 45 MARKS - LEAVING THE TAXPAYER TO FIND A SUBSIDY OF 51 MARKS PER TICKET.

    AT PRESENT, BOTH PAN AMERICAN AND AIR FRANCE OPERATE LARGE JETS ON THE BERLIN ROUTE WHILST BRITISH EUROPEAN AIRWAYS OPERATE VISCOUNTS. HOWEVER, IN NOVEMBER BEA PLAN TO INTRODUCE THE HIGHLY-SUCCESSFUL BAC 1-11 "BUS STOP" JETLINER WITH A SEATING CAPACITY FOR 99 PASSENGERS. BEA ALSO HAVE IN THEIR FLEET THE TURBO-PROP VANGUARD WITH SEATING FOR OVER 100 PASSENGERS WHICH WOULD MAKE AN IDEAL AIRCRAFT FOR ANY "BERLIN AIR LIFT".

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAC8MVUN4P2DDY9BR8WWFGXG73T
    Media URN:
    VLVAC8MVUN4P2DDY9BR8WWFGXG73T
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/06/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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