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 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 13.3 billion British pounds worldwide 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 84,302 employees as of 2018. Of these, 35,835 worked as cabin attendants, while 13,121 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 2018. Whereas on domestic flights the percentage grew to 79.5 percent. By 2018, airlines also covered greater distances than ever before, flying two billion kilometers on international routes.

In 2019, the number of passengers uplifted by UK airlines amounted to 153.7 millions. Revenue streams generated by passenger air transport were expected to increase to 41.5 billion U.S. dollars by 2024.

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