Aviation statistics

Statistics and data about airports, air passenger experiences and international airlines.

Department for Transport produces aviation statistics on the following topics:

  • activity at UK airports, including number of flights
  • passengers and volume of freight handled
  • punctuality at and mode of travel to selected airports
  • activity by UK airlines, including distance flown, passengers uplifted, seat occupancy, fleet size and employment
  • summary statistics for major international airports and airlines
  • casualties caused by aviation and air proximity incidents
  • public attitudes to aviation and airport expansion
  • passenger experience of air travel, including security screening
  • emissions from aviation

Most of these statistics are collected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and other organisations external to the department.

All the results in the aviation statistics series are outside the scope of National Statistics. The majority of tables are updated annually but data on public attitudes to aviation are collected and published on an ad hoc basis.

Technical information

National statistics

All of the statistics published in this series are official statistics. The department’s view is that all statistics in this series, which are not designated as national statistics, are robust and have been produced to a suitable standard.

Pre-release access list

The post holders given access to these statistics up to 24 hours prior to release are available in the Pre-release access list air passenger experience: results from CAA survey module.

Background information

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Aviation statistics


Data tables

  1. Air traffic at UK airports (AVI01)
  2. Activity by UK airlines (AVI02)
  3. Major airports and airlines worldwide (AVI03)
  4. Aviation accidents and incidents (AVI04)
Published 31 July 2013
Last updated 27 June 2018 + show all updates
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