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Aviation statistics are collated from various sources and published by the Department for Transport (DfT) in a number of compendium publications. Sources include the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the UK Airprox Board.

Publications

Air Transport in Wales
Department: Welsh Government
This Statistical Bulletin includes information on air craft movements, passengers handled and freight handled at Cardiff International Airport.
Disruptive behaviour on board UK aircraft
Department: Transport
Disruptive behaviour UK aircraft
Overseas Travel and Tourism - Monthly Release
Department: Office for National Statistics
Monthly results on the number of overseas visitors to the UK, UK residents visits abroad, earnings from overseas visits, expenditure of UK residents going abroad.
Overseas Travel and Tourism - Quarterly Release
Department: Office for National Statistics
Quarterly results on the number of overseas visitors to the UK, UK residents visits abroad, earnings from overseas visits, expenditure of UK residents abroad.
Public experiences of and attitudes to air travel
Department: Transport
Public experiences of and attitudes towards air travel, based on a module of questions included in the Office for National Statistics Opinions (Omnibus) Survey
Transport Connectivity Statistics: England
Department: Transport
New experimental statistics presenting travel time data measuring connectivity to key transport destinations (major airports, stations, road junctions and ports) from each area of England, by road and by public transport.
Travel Survey for Northern Ireland
Department: Regional Development (Northern Ireland)
The publication contains data on trends in personal travel, how people travel, why people travel and other factors affecting travel.
Travel Trends
Department: Office for National Statistics
Presents the annual estimates of overseas travel and tourism based on interviews conducted with passengers as they enter or leave the UK by the principal air, sea and tunnel routes.
Travelpac
Department: Office for National Statistics
Travelpac consists of a series of data files derived from the International Passenger Survey (IPS), giving access to data in a form suitable for use by small businesess and students.

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Overview

Aviation statistics provides trends on the following:

  • Activity at UK airports

  • Activity at international airports

  • Punctuality at UK airports

  • Main outputs of UK airlines

  • Casualties caused by aviation accidents

  • Number of aircraft proximity incidents, and

  • Number of personnel employed by UK airlines

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Technical Data

The Department for Transport (DfT) do not collect aviation statistics although they do collate and publish data collected from other sources. 

These sources include:

The data are published in compendium publications by DfT. For example:

DfT also publish Air Traffic Forecasts.

Information is collected from UK airports and UK airlines by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The CAA is the UK's specialist aviation regulator and publishes a range of information on UK airlines, airports and punctuality. Statistics are published on the CAA website.

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Glossary

  • Aircraft Proximity Hazard (AIRPROX)

    An AIRPROX is a situation in which, in the opinion of a pilot or controller, the distance between aircraft as well as their relative positions and speed have been such that the safety of the aircraft was or may have been compromised. AIRPROX can occur between various combinations of commercial, military and private aircraft.

  • Air transport movements

    All scheduled movements (whether loaded or empty) and loaded charter movements, but excludes empty positioning flights by scheduled aircraft and empty charter movements.

  • Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)

    The CAA is the UK’s aviation regulator.

  • International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)

    The International Civil Aviation Organization is the global forum for civil aviation.

  • Non-scheduled services

    Air transport movements other than scheduled services.

  • Passengers

    All revenue and non-revenue travellers on air transport movement flights.

  • Scheduled services

    Those performed according to a published timetable, including those supplementary thereto, available for use by members of the public.

  • Terminal passengers

    All travellers joining or leaving an aircraft. A passenger travelling on a domestic flight (between two reporting UK airports) is counted twice, once at each airport. A passenger who changes from one aircraft to another, carrying the same flight number is treated as a terminal passenger, as is an interlining passenger.

  • Transit passengers

    Travellers who arrive and depart at an airport on the same aircraft. Each transit passenger is counted once only and not both on arrival and on departure.

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Contact Details

For statistical enquiries about this topic, please contact:

Aviation Statistics Branch

Email: AVIATION.STATS@dft.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone: + 44 (0) 207 944 3088

Aviation Statistics Branch, ISE Department for Transport 1/25 Great Minster House 33 Horseferry Road London SW1P 4DR

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