TfL short-haul flights

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Can you tell me how many short-haul flights TfL employees took in the years 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, and how many of these were to domestic destinations?


Answer for TfL short-haul flights

Answer for TfL short-haul flights

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL has defined short-haul flights as one way journeys typically to Europe and up to 3,700km. All one way flights to destinations within Great Britain (i.e. not including Northern Ireland) are classed as domestic.

TfL's policy is that all domestic flights must be personally approved by the Commissioner, and to gain approval, justification for travel at all, and for not using surface transport must be given and accepted. All mainland Europe flights have to be approved at Director or Managing Director level.

In recent years, the following number of short haul and domestic flights were taken by TfL employees:

2006/07 - 620 short-haul flights (117 to domestic destinations) 2007/08 - 890 short-haul flights (119 to domestic destinations) 2008/09 - 569 short-haul flights (32 to domestic destinations)

Please note the very considerable reduction in total flights, and to domestic destinations. Legs of journeys below 3,700km are considered short-haul even if they form part of a long-haul journey (e.g. if an employee was required to fly from London to New York and then to Los Angeles, the New York to Los Angeles flight would count as short-haul).

The figures above do not include flights taken by Metronet or Crossrail employees although these will be included in figures for future years. *