Prestwick Airport

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 29th March 2017.

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Photo of Ian Murray Ian Murray Labour, Edinburgh South

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any military flights landing at Prestwick Airport since 2013 have had munitions on board.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

It is a requirement of the Diplomatic Flight Clearance (DFC) process to state whether an aircraft is carrying any dangerous air cargo and the next destination. However DFC is not required for all military flights. Therefore, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) does not hold a complete record of all military flights wishing to enter UK airspace, its cargo and/or its destination airport.

In addition, the MOD does not record whether a state aircraft flight has landed, which is a matter for individual airports.

For UK military flights using Prestwick, the information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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