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Aviation

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many flights there were (a) into and (b) out of UK airports in (i) 2006 and (ii) 2007; and what estimate she has made of the projected total number of flights (A) into and (B) out of UK airports in (1) 2008, (2) 2009, (3) 2010 and (4) 2011. (200055)

The number of flights into or out of UK airports in 2006 and 2007 is shown in the following table. The split of flights between arrivals and departures is almost exactly equal.

Outturn aircraft arrivals and departures at UK airports

Thousand per annum

Flights into and out of UK airports

2006

1,949

2007

1,992

Note:

Coverage of airports is as in CAA Airport Statistics table 5.1 and Transport Statistics Great Britain table 2.2

Source:

DfT analysis of Civil Aviation Authority data

The coverage of air transport movements (ATMs) in the DfT aviation forecasting model, along with the methodology and forecast results, is set out in ‘UK Air Passenger Demand and CO2 Forecasts’ (2007), available at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/aviation/environmentalissues/ukairdemandandco2forecasts/.

This differs slightly from the coverage of the figures reported above, due to the forecasting model's base year data not including the smallest airports, domestic charter, and positional flights. The difference amounts to around an extra 67,000 flights per annum in 2007 in the CAA data.

The central forecast for flights into and out of UK airports from 2008 to 2011 is shown in the following table. Forecasts of aircraft flights split between arrivals and departures are not available. For the purposes of forecasting aviation CO2 emissions, departures and arrivals are assumed to be split evenly, as per the outturn CAA data.

Forecast aircraft arrivals and departures at UK airports

Thousand per annum

Flights into and out of UK airports

2008

1,958

2009

2,035

2010

2,100

2011

2,166