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Purpose of air travel at airports in the United Kingdom (UK) 2002-2017

Distribution of travel purpose from selected airports in the United Kingdom (UK) between 2002 and 2017*

Purpose of air travel at airports in the United Kingdom (UK) 2002-2017 This graph shows the different reasons that people travel by air from selected UK airports between 2002 and 2017. This general UK trend shows that holiday and business travel fell as percentage of UK travel purposes. Business trips fell from making up 24 percent of all air travel in 2002 to 16 percent in 2017. Visiting family and friends became more common.
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Distribution of travel purpose from selected airports in the United Kingdom (UK) between 2002 and 2017*

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This graph shows the different reasons that people travel by air from selected UK airports between 2002 and 2017. This general UK trend shows that holiday and business travel fell as percentage of UK travel purposes. Business trips fell from making up 24 percent of all air travel in 2002 to 16 percent in 2017. Visiting family and friends became more common.
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Release date
December 2018
Region
United Kingdom
Survey time period
2002 to 2017
Number of respondents
146,131**
Method of interview
Face-to-face interview
Supplementary notes
* Average for airports calculated by Statista. Results are based on the CAA passenger Survey, which is carried out for Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, Manchester and Stansted airport.
Some figures have been rounded so not all years add up to 100.
** Base of previous years provided by the source.
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