Airline companies 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 stopped operating, others were able to become even more profitable. Flag carrier British Airways Plc, which was established by the government following the creation of the British Airways Board in 1974, reached a revenue of 13.03 billion British pounds worldwide in 2018 and was also named the most popular airline in the UK, according to a 2019 survey.

However, despite greater profits, the number of people employed by airlines based in the UK decreased in the past years to 79,464 employees as of 2017. Of these, 34,286 worked as cabin attendants, while 12,254 people were employed as pilots and co-pilots.

In general, the passenger seat occupancy on scheduled international flights flown by UK airlines increased to more than 85 percent between 2002 and 2017. Whereas on domestic flights the percentage grew to slightly over 75 percent. By 2017, airlines also covered greater distances than ever before, flying 1.9 billion kilometers on international routes.

In 2018, the number of passengers uplifted by UK airlines amounted to 176.2 million. Revenues generated by passenger air transport were expected to increase to 35.53 billion U.S. Dollars by 2023.
In the last decade passenger numbers were not the only figures to have grown, but the amount of uplifted freight also rose steadily. Passenger airlines moved 827,653 tonnes of cargo in 2018, whilst British Airways PLC had the biggest share in it. Of all cargo service airlines, Cargologicair LTD uplifted the most freight that year.

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Airline companies in the United Kingdom

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