Aviation: Fares

Transport written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Lorely Burt Lorely Burt Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information her Department holds on the average cost of flights from London airports to other EU member state capitals in each of the last 20 years; and if she will make a statement.

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

The following table gives estimates of the average one-way fare between airports in London and in the state capitals of other EU-27 countries. These estimates are based on data collected via the International Passenger Survey. There was a change in methodology in 2007, which may partly explain the increase in fares in this year. It is also worth noting that the sample sizes for some destinations are very small and the distribution of destinations has changed over time, as the number of flights to different destinations have changed at different rates. These figures should therefore be interpreted with caution.

Estimated one-way air fare between London airports and other EU member state capitals, 2000-10
  Average single fare (1 ) (£) Unweighted sample size
2000 141 7,263
2001 130 7,445
2002 118 6,931
2003 104 6,781
2004 93 6,823
2005 91 7,400
2006 90 7,491
2007 95 3,918
2008 92 3,623
2009 94 5,163
2010 90 5,052
(1 )Real 2010 prices.

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