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TSGB 2011: Aviation

Statistics on activity at UK airports, including number of flights, passengers and volume of freight handled.

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Aviation

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Aviation and XLS tables

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Aviation CSV tables

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Detail

The chapter also includes some statistics on activity by UK airlines; major international airports and airlines; casualties caused by aviation and air proximity incidents.

Key points

  • There were nearly 211 million terminal passengers (arrivals and departures) at UK airports in 2010, a fall of 3 per cent since 2009 and 12 per cent since the peak in 2007
  • There were 2 million air transport movements (take-offs and landings) in 2010, 6 per cent fewer than in 2009
  • Freight handled at UK airports increased by 14 per cent to 2.3 million tonnes, following a sharp fall in 2009
  • Heathrow is the UK’s busiest airport, handling 22 per cent of air transport movements, 31 per cent of terminal passengers and 63 per cent of freight tonnes in 2010
  • In 2010, the five London airports accounted for 60 per cent of all terminal passengers at UK airports, down from 65 per cent in 2000
  • The majority (71 per cent) of international passenger movements at UK airports in 2010 were to/from European origins/destinations. The most common country of origin/destination was Spain (including the Canary Islands), which accounted for 17 per cent
  • In 2010, visiting friends and relatives (VFR) was the most common purpose of travel at Heathrow, Stansted and Luton. The proportion of passengers who are visiting friends/relatives has increased over the last decade at all 5 of the main UK airports
  • There were 49 casualties caused by accidents in UK airspace in 2010 and 167 aircraft proximity incidents

Technical information

Information on aviation statistics, including the pre-release access list and related technical documentation can be found in the guidance.

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