Ministry of Civil Aviation Mission to the Persian Gulf; consideration of siting of Kuwait airfield and general problems of Bahrain and Sharjah. Code GA file 105

FO 371/105683 1953

This file contains correspondence relating to:

  • Designation of aerodromes in British territories overseas under the Chicago Convention, involving Kuwait and Bahrain (1-2)
  • Restrictions on the use of the Muscat airfield by the Sultan of Muscat and Oman, Saeed Bin Taimur (3)
  • Proposal by Airwork to operate a freight service to Jebel Ali, a potentially disputed area (4, 6, 12)
  • Arrangements for a Ministry of Civil Aviation mission to the Gulf during April-May 1953 to study conditions and discuss related issues, including: an overview of upcoming Air Ministry plans in the Gulf; briefs on the situation in the Gulf states; a report on the mission's tour of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Sharjah and its conclusions, as well as comments (5, 7-10, 13, 16-17)
  • Request by Gulf Aviation to operate the Bahrain-Kuwait-Basra-Baghdad and Bahrain-Kuwait air services while Iraqi Airways planes are grounded (11, 15)
  • Request by Mr Pusey of Arab Airways to waive the requirement for non-British airlines to obtain permission before operating new services to the Gulf States if he were to secure charter services between Libya and the Gulf (18)
  • Opinion of Sir W R Hay that negotiations for the renewal of the Muscat Civil Air Agreement should start immediately (19)