Decline in UK domestic aviation

After years of growth, the number of UK domestic air passengers has been falling since April 2019.

The December 2019 total was 6% lower than the December 2018 figure.

These figures are taken from the Civil Aviation Authority monthly reports [1] (Table 10.2).

The fall in the first quarter of 2018 coincided with the "Beast from the East" prolonged severe cold weather, during which many domestic flights were cancelled [2].

It looks as if the UK has passed peak domestic air travel, in line with Sweden [3] and Germany [4].


[1]Civil Aviation Authority
[2]'Mini Beast from the East' brings snow and ice to parts of UK (17 March 2018)
[3]Decline in domestic aviation in Sweden
[4]German Air Travel Slump Points to Spread of Flight Shame (Dec 2019)

First published: Nov 2019
Last updated: 11 Feb 2020