Travel by numbers: Summer flights

Tomorrow sees the start of the airlines' peak-season schedules – with big changes for many UK airports. Simon Calder checks the departure boards
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Percentage rise in departures from Edinburgh airports, one of the few UK locations to increase flights. Ibiza, Menorca and Venice are new services from the Scottish capital on Jet2 (


Routes being dropped by British Airways at the start of the summer schedules: Heathrow to Kolkata (Calcutta) and Dhaka, and Gatwick to Geneva and Zurich. The services from Gatwick to Atlanta and Toulouse are being moved to Heathrow Terminal Five; this should improve connections for travellers from Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. In addition, the airline is stepping up services from Heathrow to Dubai.


The type of Airbus to be used for British Airways' new business-class only service from London City airport, via Shannon in Ireland, to New York JFK. BA has not yet announced when the link will begin. The return trip will be non-stop (


The département code corresponding to Limoges in south-west France, which gets a boost in links from various UK airports courtesy of Ryanair: Bournemouth, Bristol, Edinburgh and Luton get connected (


Number of Air Southwest flights each week from Newquay airport to London City airport, starting 20 April. Two Cornwall-to-Docklands services on weekdays, one on Sundays, none on Saturdays; from £29 one way (


Number of non-stop flights between Manchester and Las Vegas from the end of next month; BMI is suspending its link between the two cities. But brighter news for those heading east: BMI launches flights tomorrow to Ukraine's capital, Kiev (


The distance, in miles, from Manchester to Dalaman, one of the new easyJet routes starting from the north-west airport on 21 May – along with Bastia (Corsica), Corfu and Athens. Dalaman is on Turkey's beautiful Turquoise Coast, pictured. (


The reduction in available seats on scheduled flights to and from the UK in the month of June this year, compared with 2008, according to the aviation data business OAG. This approximates to 1,000 fewer flights of a fully-laden Boeing 747. (