The Cabinet Papers banner

Civil aviation

A 1930s poster advertising Imperial Airways, which developed air routes across the world.
A 1930s poster advertising Imperial Airways, which developed air routes across the world.
©TopFoto

In 1919, Cabinet excluded civil aviation from the terms of the Ways and Communications Bill, and ended any prospect of nationalisation. Civil aviation was legally sanctioned and regulated by the Air Navigation Act of 1919. The sector developed independently of government control and consisted of small, undercapitalised companies.

Related documents

Search using Imperial Airways Civil Aviation Authority Civil Aviation Authority

Further reading

  • Endres, G.G., British Civil Aviation (London: Ian Allen, 1985)
  • Aldcroft, D.H., British Transport since 1914: an Economic History (Newton Abbot: David and Charles, 1975)
  • Aldcroft, D.H., Studies in British Transport History, 1870-1970 (Newton Abbot: David and Charles, 1974)