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Aircraft (Passenger Loading)

Volume 13: debated on Monday 16 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what information he has on the passenger loading of aircraft as a proportion of capacity on main routes into and out of the United Kingdom.

The Civil Aviation Authority publishes statistics of seat-kilometres used as a proportion of those available on scheduled international services operated by United Kingdom airlines. The figure for 1980 was 62·6 per cent. It does not include traffic by foreign airlines flying on the same routes. However, the authority is monitoring scheduled traffic by both British and United States airlines between London and the United States, and I understand that on these routes the passenger load factor for the 12 months up to 1 April 1981 was 70·6 per cent.