I should have know better than to post a question on this forum. From what I observe, every flying issue brings forth a swarm of smart-arse stick jockeys who pontificate - often on the basis of their outdated military experience - solely to see their name or nom de plume in print. 90% of the comments on 95% of the forum topics are trivial, uninformed and often sneering. As in this case.
Typical was the assumption that I had not exhausted other search avenues, and that I was merely looking for a cheap leg-up. Well, the good manners that normally apply to forum conduct (but not to this one) demands that if you don’t have a anything constructive to say - shut up!
I apologise for assuming that an organisation that boasts Live Flight Tracking might have a statistical database which could help me. I did not expect, or ask individual forum members to do the counting for me.
FWIW,to those who couldn’t answer but could not resist the temptation to sneer, the best figures available are just over 1100 per day in 2005, but probably estimated at 600 to 800 now due to the financial downturn and the use of larger aircraft. Despite this setback, I am still hoping there is an authority which measures the traffic reliably. The question is still open for sensible answers.