Aviation

Transport written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many domestic flights in the UK travelled (a) 300 and (b) 360 miles or less in each of the last three years; and how many such flights were lifeline flights.

Photo of Paul Clark Paul Clark Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

holding answer 21 January 2010

The information requested is as follows.

(a) Table 1 shows the number of domestic flights that departed from a UK reporting airport and travelled 300 miles or less in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Table 1
Number of flight departures
2006 291,965
2007 287,939
2008 275,926

(b) Table 2 below shows the number of domestic flights that departed from a UK reporting airport and travelled 360 miles or less in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Table 2
Number of flight departures
2006 400,758
2007 394,971
2008 381,772

Table 3 shows the number of lifeline flights that departed from a UK reporting airport (Glasgow, Barra, Campletown, Tiree, Stornoway, Benbecula, Kirkwall, Sumburgh, Tingwall and Cardiff) in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Table 3
Number of lifeline flight departures
2006 6,352
2007 6,961
2008 7,138
Notes: 1. Flights by passenger aircraft only. 2. Based on data from 58 reporting airports, including flights from the Isle of Man and Channel Island airports. 3. Lifeline flights are those routes with Public Service Obligations (PSOs) imposed by the UK published by the Civil Aviation Authority in "CAP 775: Air Services at UK Regional Airports-An Update on Developments". Source: Based on data supplied to DfT by the Civil Aviation Authority.

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