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Aviation

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many domestic flights within Great Britain, excluding lifeline flights, were of 360 miles or less in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010; and what projection he has made of the number of such flights in (i) 2011, (ii) 2012, (iii) 2013, (iv) 2014 and (v) 2015. (317031)

The following table shows the Department's latest forecasts of the number of domestic flights from GB airports, with a distance of 360 miles or under, between 2009 and 2015. All these figures, including 2009 and 2010, are forecasts from the aviation model as data are not yet available for these years.

Lifeline flights cannot be excluded from our forecasts as only movements between the 29 largest GB airports are explicitly modelled, which does not include any lifeline flights. A list of modelled airports can be found in annex F of the UK Air Passenger Demand and CO2 Forecasts, published in January 2009. This is available at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/aviation/atf/co2forecasts09/

Flights from a modelled airport to a minor airport are included in an ‘other airports in model’ category. This would include some lifeline flights but they cannot be separated out from the other flights in this category. Flights between two minor airports are not included in our modelling.

Flights under 360 miles

2009

248,258

2010

254,242

2011

253,511

2012

250,985

2013

255,465

2014

259,171

2015

259,925

Notes:

1. Data are for departures only.

2. These forecasts refer to the central demand scenario s12s2, with Stansted R2 in 2015 and Heathrow R3 around 2020, as presented in ‘UK Air Passenger Demand and CO2 Forecasts’, January 2009. This is available at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/aviation/atf/co2forecasts09/

3. All figures are modelled, including 2009.

4. Distances are Great Circle Distances and no uplift for indirect routing has been applied.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many domestic flights within Northern Ireland, excluding lifeline flights, were of 360 miles or less in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010; and what estimate he has made of the number of such flights in (i) 2011, (ii) 2012, (iii) 2013, (iv) 2014 and (v) 2015. (317032)

There are no flights within Northern Ireland. The three reporting airports (Belfast International, Belfast City and City of Derry) historically do not have flights between each other.

There are currently no lifeline flight routes from Northern Ireland airports.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the average distance travelled by flights departing from UK airports (a) was in 2009 and (b) is projected to be in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012, (iv) 2013, (v) 2014 and (vi) 2015. (317033)

Table 1 shows the forecasts of the average distance of flights departing from UK airports between 2009 and 2015. All these figures, including 2009 and 2010, are forecasts from the aviation model as data are not yet available for these years.

Table 1

Average flight distance (km)

2009

1,558

2010

1,568

2011

1,581

2012

1,588

2013

1,588

2014

1,590

2015

1,592

Notes:

1. Data is for UK departures only.

2. These forecasts refer to the central demand scenario s12s2, with Stansted R2 in 2015 and Heathrow R3 around 2020, as presented in “UK Air Passenger Demand and CO2 Forecasts”, January 2009. This is available at: http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/aviation/atf/co2forecasts09/

3. All figures are modelled, including 2009.

4. Distances are Great Circle Distances uprated by 9 per cent. for indirect routing and stacking.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how many flights departed from UK airports in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010; and what estimate he has made of the equivalent figure in (i) 2011, (ii) 2012, (iii) 2013, (iv) 2014 and (v) 2015; (317034)

(2) how many flights, excluding lifeline flights departed from UK airports in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010; and what estimate he has made of the equivalent figure in (i) 2011, (ii) 2012, (iii) 2013, (iv) 2014 and (v) 2015.

Table 1 shows the Department’s latest forecasts of flights from UK airports between 2009 and 2015. All these figures, including 2009 and 2010, are forecasts from the aviation model as data are not yet available for these years.

Table 1

Number of flights

2009

2,324,695

2010

2,416,328

2011

2,511,165

2012

2,576,932

2013

2,655,016

2014

2,721,096

2015

2,799,069

Notes:

1. Data are for UK departures only.

2. These forecasts refer to the central demand scenario s12s2, with Stansted R2 in 2015 and Heathrow R3 around 2020, as presented in “UK Air Passenger Demand and CO2 Forecasts”, January 2009. This is available at: http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/aviation/atf/co2forecasts09/

3. All figures are modelled, including 2009.

It is not possible to exclude lifeline flights from the forecasts of flights from UK airports contained in table 1.

Only movements between the 31 largest UK airports are explicitly modelled, which does not include any lifeline flights. A list of modelled airports can be found in annex F of the “UK Air Passenger Demand and CO2 Forecasts”, published in January 2009. This is available at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/aviation/atf/co2forecasts09/

Flights from a modelled airport to a minor airport are included in an ‘other airports in model’ category. This would include some lifeline flights but they cannot be separated out from the other flights in this category. Flights between two minor airports are not included in our modelling.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what proportion of flights taking off from UK airports (a) exclusively carried cargo and (b) carried cargo with passengers in each of the last three years. (317041)

The following table shows the proportion of flights departing from reporting UK airports by type.

Percentage

Exclusively carried cargo

Carried cargo with passengers

Exclusively carried passengers

All departing flights

2006

3

61

36

100

2007

3

60

37

100

2008

3

60

37

100

Notes:

1. Flights by cargo and passenger aircraft. Excludes flights without any recorded cargo or passengers.

2. Carried cargo includes freight and/or mail.

3. Flight departures are based on data from 58 reporting UK airports, including flights from the Isle of Man and Channel Islands.

4. Excludes airlines which did not give permission for CAA to disclose their data.

Source:

Based on data supplied to DfT by the Civil Aviation Authority.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what average proportion of the weight of planes carrying cargo and passengers departing UK airports was made up of (a) cargo and (b) passengers in each of the last three years. (317042)

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the average number of seats was on planes (a) making domestic flights within the UK and (b) taking off from UK airports in each of the last three years. (317043)

The following table shows the average number of seats on planes making domestic flights and of all flights departing from reporting UK airports in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Average number of seats:

Domestic flight departures

All flight departures (domestic and international)

2006

91

139

2007

93

141

2008

93

142

Notes:

1. Flights by passenger aircraft only.

2. Flight departures are based on data from 58 reporting UK airports, including flights from the Isle of Man and Channel Islands.

3. Excludes airlines which did not give permission for CAA to disclose their data.

Source:

Based on data supplied to DfT by the Civil Aviation Authority.