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Heathrow business passengers are UK’s richest air travellers

The richest travellers departing on flights from Britain are business passengers at Heathrow

The richest travellers departing on flights from Britain are business passengers at Heathrow, while the least well off are leisure passengers at Newcastle.

This is according to the results of the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) 2009 Air Passenger Survey, which involved questioning 200,000 departing passengers from the UK’s main airports.

It was also revealed that average business and leisure passenger income increased at Gatwick, Heathrow and Luton, while the same was true for leisure passengers flying from Manchester and Stansted.

Leisure passengers at Newcastle had an annual average income of £37,663, while the average income for business passengers at Heathrow stood at £79,335 a year.

Passengers were also quizzed on the environment. Some 60 percent of respondents said they understood what carbon offsetting involved, although just six percent had actually offset the flight they were taking.

A further 11 percent said they had chosen to fly less over the course of the year in a conscious effort to reduce their environmental impact.

Last month, the CAA revealed 78 percent of flights at its ten monitored airports were on time between April and June, a fall of four percent from the same months last year.

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