HC Deb 15 February 1973 vol 850 cc404-5W
Mr. Spearing

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he can now give an estimate of the future level of all scheduled and chartered international air traffic, respectively, at United Kingdom airports, referred to in paragraph 4.7.1. of Volume VIII of the Papers and Proceedings of the Commission on the Third London Airport, giving upper and lower estimates of passenger and air-traffic movements and the date at which such estimates were first made.

Mr. Onslow

These figures are not available in the form requested. I have given some detailed information in reply to the hon. Member's previous Question and suggest that if he requires further details he may care to approach the Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority, who advises me on traffic forecasts.

Mr. Spearing

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT the tables showing the future demand for passenger and air-traffic movement on international flights, other than those to and from Eire, that form the basis of his case that a third London airport will be required by the early 1980s.

Lower Middle Upper
Air transport movements (000s)
1980 469 546 636
1985 538 666 825
Terminal passengers* (millions)
1980 52.7 63.3 75.8
1985 79.9 103.1 132.8
* Excludes transit passengers.

These forecasts are currently being reviewed by the CAA and as my hon. Friend the Minister for Aerospace and Shipping told the House on 8th February, it is already clear that further capacity will be required by about the end of the decade.—[Vol. 850, c. 781–2.]

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