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Airports

Volume 228: debated on Thursday 8 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures are being taken to improve the services offered by major United Kingdom international airports; and if he will make a statement.

The Government believe that increasing the scope for airport operators to respond to commercial pressures offers the best route for improving the services offered at all airports. This underlies the Government's policy of encouraging increased private sector involvement in the ownership and management of local authority-owned airports.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers used (a) Gatwick airport and (b) Heathrow airport in each year since 1979.

The numbers of passengers at (a) Gatwick airport and (b) Heathrow airport are shown in the table.

Terminal passengers at Heathrow and Gatwick 1979–92
YearGatwick (000)Heathrow (000)
19798,96527,979
19809,70327,484
198110,72526,411
198211,15526,406
198312,47126,767
198413,95329,164
198514,88531,310
198616,30931,310
198719,38134,743
198820,74437,510
198921,14939,587
199021,04342,635
199118,69040,245
199219,84244,964