Flights up but Olympic rush below expectations

The number of private and executive jets using the regions airports during the Olympics failed to meet expectations according to new figures.

Around in in four four fewer planes than expected took to the sky with a big rise in the number of people flying out of the UK to escape the games.

While our key business airports did see many extra flights there were not as many as forecast by transport officials. The biggest number of business fights were at: Farnborough with 1,800 movements - up 16 per cent. Biggin Hill with 1,231 - up 19 per cent.Oxford with 600 - up 40 per cent.

Industry experts say many people travelled by scheduled planes rather than fly into our business airports and that bigger than expected numbers of people flew out to avoid the event. But the regions leading business airport said they had been busy.

TAG Farnborough has been busy with heads of state and Olympic Committee members. We have been planning for the Olympics for eighteen months and our new hangers, apron and lounges were well received."Add to that the Farnborough Airshow ending just twelve days before the Olympics and and it has been particularly eventful."

– Roger Walker, TAG Farnborough airport operations director says