Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Defence written question – answered on 11th January 2011.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the (a) number of pallets, (b) tonnage of supplies and (c) number of flights to Afghanistan taken by (i) RAF transport and (ii) leased transport aircraft in each of the last six years.

Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) does not lease aircraft, ie rent them to be flown by MOD pilots, but rather charters with private companies to fly on the MOD's behalf. The number of pallets, weight of supplies (in tonnes) and number of flights taken by RAF and civilian chartered aircraft to Afghanistan over the last six calendar years are as follows:

RAF aircraft Civilian leased aircraft
Number of pallets Weight of supplies (in tonnes) Number of flights Number of pallets Weight of supplies (in tonnes) Number of flights
2005 890 2,579 144 0 0 0
2006 2,368 6,572 394 1,652 3,792 116
2007 3,268 7,550 513 3,258 8,678 234
2008 3,072 6,709 538 4,113 8,817 266
2009 3,654 8,225 619 4,756 10,675 461
2010 2,792 6,971 533 3,756 9,568 443

The figures provided include direct flights from the UK to Afghanistan as well as those via interim destinations, such as Cyprus.

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