HC Deb 30 November 1949 vol 470 cc1119-20
9. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, if he will state how many civilian aircraft and passengers were passed through Prestwick Airport each year since 1946.

Mr. Lindgren

As the reply contains a number of figures I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Hughes

Does not the Parliamentary Secretary agree that last year Prestwick was even busier than ever before, and since his Ministry has been established Prestwick, instead of being ruined, is getting steadily more prosperous, and will his figures prove that?

Mr. Lindgren

Yes, Sir, most certainly.

Following is the reply:

Year Aircraft Movements Passengers Handled
1946 (Apr. to Dec. only) 3,866 35,846
1947 8,588 83,562
1948 10,829 98,842
1949 (Jan. to Aug. only) 5,236 75,182
Total: Apr. 1946 to Aug. 1949 28,519 293,432
Note: The figures for April, 1946, to February, 1947, refer to scheduled services only, and do not include passengers in transit. From March, 1947, onwards the figures include both scheduled and non-scheduled air transport movements, and passengers arriving, departing and in transit.