Terminal 5 and Airports

MQT on 2001-09-19
Session date: 
September 19, 2001
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will the Mayor seek to discourage the use of airports in the South East which increase air flights in into the UK just so people can change planes here, with consequent unnecessary environmental damage? Will the mayor investigate how much of the air traffic expansion is due to such flights, rather than for people actually coming to London?




Answer for Terminal 5 and Airports

Answer for Terminal 5 and Airports

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There is no direct planning control available that can determine who occupies a particular flight or which destination is served therefore whether I would wish to seek to discourage them or not is irrelevant. What I want to see is that aviation is not exempt from paying its environmental cost, for instance in being exempt from fuel duty. It is recognised that international to international interlining (non UK travellers with neither an origin or final destination in the UK) brings few economic benefits to UK. But may benefit the airlines who rely on a large number of passengers in that category or BAA who may gain from their spend at the airport during their wait to change planes. In the past it has been cited that such users made relatively less well used viable, but as overall passenger numbers has increased such a benefit is less likely to be relevant

In 1998 11% of UK International Traffic was made up of International Interliners, Up from 9% in 1995. They are predominantly concentrated at Heathrow where approximately 20% (1998 15m out of 60m passengers) are international interliners.

DTLR forecasts are assuming these international interliners will increase at the same rate as their forecast increase for foreign leisure travellers at 4.1% and foreign business at 5.5% per annum to 2020.

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