Seat occupancy rate for airlines based in the United Kingdom (UK) 2013-2018

TUI Airways was the leading United Kingdom based airline by seat occupancy. In 2018, the charter airline had an average occupancy rate of 92.8 percent. TUI Airways was formerly known as Thomson Airways and has been operating under their new brand name since 2017. Thomas Cook was the only other passenger airline which had reported more than 90 percent of their seats booked in both years.

Airlines increase efficiency

In 2017, approximately 76.3 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, although the percentage tended to be higher, amounting to 85.2 percent in 2017.

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 2013 and 2018

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United Kingdom

Survey time period

2013 and 2018

Supplementary notes

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

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