Transport written question – answered on 10th February 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 pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2010, Official Report, column 523W, on aviation, how many of the domestic flights which travelled 300 miles or less in each of the last three years were lifeline flights.

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

The following table shows the number of the domestic flights that departed from a UK reporting airport and which travelled 300 miles or less, and of these the number of lifeline flights, in each of the last three years.

Number of flight departures Number of lifeline flight departures
2006 291,965 6,352
2007 287,939 6,961
2008 275,926 7,138

1. Flights by passenger aircraft only.

2. Total domestic flight departures are based on data from 58 reporting UK airports, including flights from the Isle of Man and Channel Island airports. Lifeline flights are based on flight information from 10 of these UK airports which report to the CAA.

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'.


Based on data supplied to DFT by the Civil Aviation Authority

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