UK Air Passengers

Transport written question – answered on 7th December 2005.

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Photo of John Hemming John Hemming Member, Regulatory Reform Committee 7th December 2005

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the increase in UK passengers using no-frills carriers has been since 1998.

Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport) 7th December 2005

Airlines commonly referred to as no-frills carriers include Ryanair, easyJet, bmibaby, Jet2, MyTravelLite, Thomsonfly and flyGlobespan.

In 1998 the total number of passengers using the no-frills carriers listed above (together with Debonair, which ceased operations in 1999) at UK airports was 7.7 million. This had risen to 53.4 million by the end of 2004. The number of UK based passengers travelling on these carriers rose from 4.4 million in 1998 to 37.9 million in 2004.

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