Aviation: Fuels

Transport written question – answered on 16th January 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the level of fuel wastage caused by planes circling (a) Luton, (b) Gatwick, (c) Stansted, (d) Bristol, (e) Heathrow, (f) Manchester, (g) Southampton, (h) London City, (i) Cardiff and (j) Exeter airport.

Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers The Minister of State, Department for Transport

The Government have not made any such estimates.

NATS, the UK's en-route air traffic service provider, may be able to provide some relevant information. Its contact address is: The Chief Executive, NATS, 4000 Parkway, Whiteley, Fareham, Hants P015 7FL.

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John Byng
Posted on 18 Jan 2012 9:42 pm (Report this annotation)

Andrew Rossindell is right to draw attention to this issue for environmental and resource depletion reasons.

This waste occurs because aviation has been overstimulated by tax concessions worth over £10 billion a year in the UK alone, at the expense of other sections of the economy. This distortion to the economy is inefficient and damaging to the environment.