HC Deb 28 November 1997 vol 301 cc690-1W
Mrs. Dunwoody

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list for each United Kingdom airport(a) its current terminal capacity and (b) its current runway capacity, together with the dates when the airport is expected to reach these capacity figures. [18176]

Ms Glenda Jackson

The assessment of the capacity of both terminals and runways is a complex matter, depending on factors such as the type and mix of traffic, the extent to which traffic is concentrated in peak times and the quality of service standards applied by each airport. It is for individual airport operators, in consultation with airport users, to monitor both the existing and expected future position, and in the light of that to bring forward investment proposals and take such other steps as may be necessary and desirable.