The chapter also includes some statistics on activity by UK airlines; major international airports and airlines; casualties caused by aviation and air proximity incidents.
- 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
Information on aviation statistics, including the pre-release access list and related technical documentation can be found in the guidance.