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Aviation: Fares

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Eddisbury of 11 November 2008, Official Report, columns 955-56W, on aviation: fares, if he will provide details of the data referred to in note 3 to the table. (258061)

The domestic component of the average air fare referred to in note 3 of the table has been based on a sample of fares data compiled from air passenger interviews conducted by the CAA on 12 domestic routes, excluding passengers transferring to international flights.

Average domestic air fare, 1997 prices

£

1997

143

1998

145

1999

143

2000

141

2001

135

2002

117

2003

112

2004

105

2005

104

2006

102

The sample of routes that this table is based on is as follows:

Gatwick—Glasgow

Gatwick—Newcastle

Heathrow—Aberdeen

Heathrow—Belfast International

Heathrow—Edinburgh

Heathrow—Manchester

Luton—Glasgow

Luton—Aberdeen

Manchester—Belfast International

Manchester—Edinburgh

Manchester—Southampton

Stansted—Prestwick

The domestic fare index is based only on routes from airports that are continuously surveyed by the CAA, as many domestic routes are between regional airports that are only intermittently surveyed. Fares at Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester airports were surveyed continuously over the whole period, but Luton and Stansted were surveyed continuously by the CAA only from 2000 onwards.

In addition, the index has been compiled only from domestic routes that have been operational throughout the time period under analysis.