HC Deb 20 April 2004 vol 420 cc461-2W
Mr. Bill O'Brien

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans are being considered for freight to be handled at and transported from Finningley Airport; and if he will make a statement. [165712]

Mr. McNulty

The planning permission granted in April 2003 limits the number of air cargo movements per annum to 2,738 from the opening of the airport, rising to a maximum of 4,140 movements per annum after 1 January 2012. I understand that, within these limits, the airport operator hopes to handle around 50,000 tonnes of freight a year by 2014. A small component of this could be in the bellyhold of passenger aircaft.