Number of passengers uplifted by United Kingdom airlines 2013-2018

United Kingdom based airlines uplifted 176.2 million passengers in 2018. In the past six years, passenger volume has steadily increased , growing by 23 percent. There were 32 passenger airlines registered in the UK that year. This number includes Thomas Cook Airline, which ceased operations in September 2019 following its parent company’s compulsory liquidation.
This is not the first time that a major UK airline was permanently grounded, whereas others have been reaping increasing profits.

EasyJet: king of the skies

EasyJet is the largest airline company based in the United Kingdom. In 2018, the low-cost carrier transported 78.5 million passengers via its two operating companies EasyJet UK Ltd and EasyJet Airline Company Ltd, with the former focusing on inland flights. EasyJet was founded in 1995 and has seen an astonishing market growth since then, overtaking the country’s flag carrier British Airways as the leading airline.

Air traffic worldwide

Globally, the number of scheduled passengers is expected to reach 4.58 billion passengers by the end of 2019. The rise in worldwide air traffic has followed a similar trajectory to the one recorded for UK based carriers specifically. With an increasing number of budget airlines entering the market, the passenger aviation market has become more and more competitive, pushing prices down and making air travel generally more affordable.

Total number of passengers uplifted by airlines based in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2013 to 2018

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United Kingdom

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2013 to 2018

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