Seat occupancy rate for airlines based in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018-2019

TUI Airways was the leading United Kingdom based airline by seat occupancy. In 2018, the charter airline had an average occupancy rate of 94.2 percent. TUI Airways was formerly known as Thomson Airways and has been operating under their new brand name since 2017. Thomas Cook was the second passenger airline which reported 91.5 percent of their seats booked in that year

Airlines increase efficiency

In 2019, approximately 85.5 percent of available seats on domestic flights carried out by UK airlines were taken up, which was the peak since the beginning of the recorded time period in 2002. The share of seats occupied on international flight echoed this development, amounting to 85.5 percent in 2018.

EasyJet most popular

EasyJet was the most commonly used airline for residents in the United Kingdom. According to a 2019 survey by Statista, 44 percent of those having flown in the past 12 months reported having booked a flight from the low-cost carrier.

Passenger seat occupancy as a percentage of available seats for airlines based in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018 and 2019

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Survey time period

2018 and 2019

Supplementary notes

* Easyjet UK Ltd is part of the Easyjet Group; source started offering information on company separately in latest report.

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