Removals Support & Co-
ordination Unit (ReSCU)
St Anne House
20-26, Wellesley Road
FOI 19541 Web www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk
10 October 2011
Dear Peppe Kalle,
Thank you for your e-mail of 12/09/11, in which you ask for details of the UK Border
Agency’s charter flight destinations and the monthly cost of such flights. Your
request has been handled as a request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.
I am able to disclose the following information. Since April this year, the UK Border
Agency (UKBA) charter programme has operated charter flights to Afghanistan, Iraq,
Sri Lanka and Nigeria, including participation in a Frontex co-ordinated joint charter
to Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Charter flights do not follow a
monthly schedule and, as such, an exact monthly breakdown of costs is unavailable.
However, I can disclose the total amount spent by the UKBA on charter flights in
each of the following complete financial years:
a) 2004/05 - £1,736,615
b) 2005/06 - £4,339,865
c) 2006/07 - £4,149,294
d) 2007/08 - £4,811,162
e) 2008/09 - £8,227,553
f) 2009/10 - £10,404,564
g) 2010/11 - £8,489,963
Please note that the figures quoted are not provided under National Statistics
protocols and have been derived from local management information. They are
therefore provisional and subject to change.
In terms of destinations, the charter programme initially operated to Kosovo and
Albania only. The range of destinations now focuses almost exclusively on long haul
flights, and accounts for the increase in expenditure. Regular flights are now carried
out to Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Jamaica.
I hope that this information meets your requirements. I would like to assure you that
we have provided you with all relevant information that the Home Office holds.
If you are dissatisfied with this response you may request an independent internal review of
our handling of your request by submitting a complaint within two months to the address
below, quoting reference . If you ask for an internal review, it would be helpful if you
could say why you are dissatisfied with the response. UK Border Agency cases:
Information Access Team
Ground Floor, Seacole Building
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF
As part of any internal review the Department's handling of your information request will be
reassessed by staff who were not involved in providing you with this response. If you remain
dissatisfied after this internal review, you would have a right of complaint to the Information
Commissioner as established by section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act.