The following table shows the number of personnel endorsed for Afghanistan between 2006 and 2009.
Number 2006 Summer 5,400 Autumn 6,200 Late autumn 6,300 2007 April 6,300 Late 2007 7,800 2008 June 8,100 2009 April 9,000 October 9,500
The Afghanistan figures represent the endorsed troop levels at the given time.
Delivery of the strategic airbridge was challenging but successful during the period of severe weather in January 2010. Some aircraft were diverted from RAF Brize Norton or pre-positioned at East Midlands airport.
In spite of the closure of RAF Brize Norton from late on 5 January 2010 until 8 January 2010, the utilisation of additional resources and the inherent flexibility in airbridge passenger tasking ensured that outbound passengers were re-allocated to the next available aircraft departing from either Brize Norton or East Midlands airport. The airbridge continued through the period of severe weather with minimal overall disruption.