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Volume 501: debated on Thursday 26 November 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what the average number of passengers on internal flights within Great Britain in the last period for which figures are available is, expressed (a) in passenger numbers and (b) as a percentage of passenger carrying capacity; (301286)

(2) how many internal flights there were in Great Britain in 2008; and what estimate he has made of the overall number of passengers who travelled on such flights.

In 2008 there were 255,000 passenger flights departing airports in Great Britain to fly to another airport in Great Britain. These flights carried 15.3 million passengers. This equates to an average of 60 passengers per flight, equivalent to 64 per cent. of estimated seat capacity.