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 flights to (a) domestic destinations, (b) destinations in near Europe and (c) other international destinations departed from UK airports in each of the last three years; and how many of these were domestic lifeline flights.

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

The information requested is as follows:

(a) Table 1 shows the number of flights to domestic destinations that departed from a UK reporting airport in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Table 1
Number of domestic flight departures
2006 434,454
2007 428,643
2008 415,190

(b) Table 2 shows the number of flights to destinations in the European Union that departed from a UK reporting airport in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Table 2
Number of flight departures to EU destinations
2006 529,067
2007 546,617
2008 534,359

(c) Table 3 shows the number of flights to other international destinations (outside of the EU) that departed from a UK reporting airport in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Table 3
Number of flight departures to other international destinations
2006 198,306
2007 205,271
2008 206,502

Table 4 shows the number of domestic 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 4
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. Flights to oil rigs are included in other international destinations.

4. 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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