Air travel specialists have claimed that flights between UK destinations are expanding rapidly, as the services offered by airlines increased rapidly and compared favourably with expensive rail journeys.
Pointing to changes in EU legislation and an expansion in the number of low-cost airlines flying UK routes, the Air Transport Users Council (AUC) said that the increase was huge, and was reflected in airport expansions across the UK.
A report from the Civil Aviation Authority published in November 2007 revealed that regional airports in the UK were growing faster than London hubs, suggesting that flights between UK destinations were increasing faster than flights from the capital out to international destinations.
James Fremantle, industry affairs manager at AUC, said: "There are more flights now than there were ten years ago. The increase in flights has been massive. Ten years ago you only had BA and http://www.skyscanner.net/airline/airline-bmi-bd.html operating domestic networks but now you have airlines such as http://www.skyscanner.net/airline/airline-flybe-be.html and easyJet that are all doing plenty of domestic flights."
He added that a key factor was the drop in costs for air travel, after the European Union liberalised flight rules and allowed airlines to fly as many routes as they wanted, allowing for wider operations and a cut in prices – while UK rail travel has increased in price.