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Passenger airlines in the UK - statistics & facts

In the past twenty years, the airline industry in the United Kingdom changed significantly. Some British airlines such as Monarch Airlines, Flybe or Thomas Cook stopped operating, others were able to become even more profitable. However, despite greater profits, the number of people employed by UK airlines decreased in the past years to 83,998 employees in 2019. Of these, 34,736 worked as cabin attendants, while 13,320 people were employed as pilots and co-pilots.

Impact of the coronavirus pandemic on UK passenger aviation

In 2020, the number of passengers uplifted by UK airlines dropped by 79 percent and reached only 32.35 million. Revenue streams generated by passenger air transport also dropped to 15.5 billion U.S. dollars in that year. Passenger seat occupancy of the leading UK airlines changed significantly - TUI Airways was the only airline to report a seat occupancy of over 90 percent in 2020.

British Airways' fight for survival

Flag carrier British Airways Plc, which was established by the government following the creation of the British Airways Board in 1974, took a big hit in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Revenue streams reached only 3.9 billion British pounds worldwide, a 70 percent drop from the previous year and posted for the first time in the last ten years a profit loss of 3.5 billion British pounds. Due to travel restrictions, passenger traffic also dropped 73 percent and reached 11.66 million passengers uplifted in 2020.

Interesting statistics

In the following 4 chapters, you will quickly find the 29 most important statistics relating to "Passenger airlines in the UK".


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