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Airports: Security

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average time taken to pass through security checks at each London airport was in the latest period for which figures are available. (218658)

The Department for Transport's report on improving the Air Passenger Experience (November 2007) provided some indications of security waiting times at Heathrow and Gatwick based on BAA data. Average daily queues were less than 10 minutes for 95 per cent. or more of the time at Heathrow in August 2007.

No Government published data are currently available on average time taken to pass through security checks. The Department has also commissioned the Civil Aviation Authority to collect data on the average time taken through security checks at four selected UK airports.