Busiest airports in the United Kingdom by total passenger traffic

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Queue of aircraft for take-off at London Heathrow Airport which handled 70 million passengers in 2012.
Gatwick Airport, the second busiest airport after Heathrow.
Manchester Airport, the third busiest airport in the UK and busiest of the non-London airports.

This is a list of the busiest airports in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, and Isle of Man ranked by total passenger traffic, compiled from Civil Aviation Authority data from 2006 to 2012. For some years the figures also show total aircraft movements and cargo volume handled at each airport. For a complete list of UK airports, see List of airports in the United Kingdom and the British Crown Dependencies.

The United Kingdom, an island country, is home to many of Europe's largest and busiest airports. London Heathrow Airport, which handles over 70 million international passengers annually, is the largest airport in the UK. London serves as the largest aviation hub in the world by passenger traffic, with six international airports, handling over 133 million passengers in 2011,[1] more than any other city.[2] London's second-busiest airport, Gatwick, is the world's busiest single-runway airport.[3] Manchester Airport is the United Kingdom's third-busiest airport. London Stansted and London Luton are the fourth- and fifth-busiest airports respectively.

The largest airport operator in the United Kingdom is Spanish-owned Heathrow Airport Holdings (owner of London Heathrow and Glasgow International) and the largest British-owned operator is Manchester Airports Group (owner of Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands). Together with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways, they are part of the Aviation Foundation which lobby for the aviation needs of the United Kingdom.[4]

40 largest UK airports by total passenger traffic[edit]

2012 / 2013 data[edit]

The following is a list of the 40 largest UK airports in 2013, from CAA statistics.

Rank Airport Total
Passengers
2012
Total
Passengers
2013
Change
2013/12
1 London Heathrow 70,037,417 72,367,054 Increase3.3%
2 London Gatwick 34,235,982 35,444,206 Increase3.5%
3 Manchester 19,736,502 20,751,581 Increase5.1%
4 London Stansted 17,472,699 17,852,393 Increase2.2%
5 Edinburgh 9,195,061 9,775,443 Increase6.3%
6 London Luton 9,617,697 9,697,944 Increase0.8%
7 Birmingham 8,922,539 9,120,201 Increase2.2%
8 Glasgow International 7,157,859 7,363,764 Increase2.9%
9 Bristol 5,921,530 6,131,896 Increase3.6%
10 Newcastle 4,366,196 4,420,839 Increase1.3%
11 East Midlands International 4,076,178 4,334,117 Increase6.3%
12 Liverpool John Lennon 4,463,257 4,187,493 Decrease6.2%
13 Belfast International 4,313,685 4,023,336 Decrease6.7%
14 Aberdeen 3,330,126 3,440,765 Increase3.3%
15 London City 3,016,664 3,379,753 Increase12.0%
16 Leeds Bradford 2,990,517 3,318,358 Increase11.0%
17 Belfast City George Best 2,246,202 2,541,759 Increase13.2%
18 Southampton 1,694,120 1,722,758 Increase1.7%
19 Jersey 1,468,333 1,453,863 Decrease1.0%
20 Glasgow Prestwick 1,067,933 1,145,836 Increase7.3%
21 Cardiff 1,028,123 1,072,062 Increase4.3%
22 London Southend 617,027 969,912 Increase57.2%
23 Guernsey 890,746 886,396 Decrease0.5%
24 Exeter 701,743 741,465 Increase5.7%
25 Isle of Man 697,123 739,683 Increase6.1%
26 Doncaster Sheffield 693,661 690,351 Decrease0.5%
27 Bournemouth 692,545 660,272 Decrease4.7%
28 Inverness 604,098 608,184 Increase0.7%
29 Norwich 396,676 463,401 Increase16.8%
30 City of Derry 398,209 384,973 Decrease3.3%
31 Scatsta 304,480 298,308 Decrease2.0%
32 Blackpool 235,238 262,630 Increase11.6%
33 Humberside 234,142 236,083 Increase0.8%
34 Sumburgh 150,567 212,233 Increase41.0%
35 Newquay 166,609 174,891 Increase5.0%
36 Durham Tees Valley 166,251 161,092 Decrease3.1%
37 Kirkwall 140,683 159,325 Increase13.3%
38 Stornoway 119,411 122,410 Increase2.5%
39 Isles of Scilly (St.Marys) 97,012 89,170 Decrease8.1%
40 Alderney 64,165 62,855 Decrease2.0%
TOTAL 223,729,006 231,469,055 Increase3.5%

2011 / 2012 data[edit]

The following is a list of the 40 largest UK airports in 2012, from CAA statistics.

Rank Airport Total
Passengers
2011
Total
Passengers
2012
Change
2012/11
1 London Heathrow 69,433,230 70,037,417 Increase0.9%
2 London Gatwick 33,674,264 34,235,982 Increase1.7%
3 Manchester 18,892,756 19,736,502 Increase4.5%
4 London Stansted 18,052,843 17,472,699 Decrease3.2%
5 London Luton 9,513,704 9,617,697 Increase1.1%
6 Edinburgh 9,385,245 9,195,061 Decrease2.0%
7 Birmingham 8,616,296 8,922,539 Increase3.6%
8 Glasgow International 6,880,217 7,157,859 Increase4.0%
9 Bristol 5,780,746 5,921,530 Increase2.4%
10 Liverpool John Lennon 5,251,161 4,463,257 Decrease15.0%
11 Newcastle 4,346,270 4,366,196 Increase0.5%
12 Belfast International 4,103,620 4,313,685 Increase5.1%
13 East Midlands International 4,215,192 4,076,178 Decrease3.3%
14 Aberdeen 3,082,816 3,330,126 Increase8.0%
15 London City 2,992,847 3,016,664 Increase0.8%
16 Leeds Bradford International 2,976,881 2,990,517 Increase0.5%
17 George Best Belfast City 2,397,312 2,246,202 Decrease6.3%
18 Southampton 1,762,076 1,694,120 Decrease6.6%
19 Jersey 1,491,332 1,468,333 Decrease1.5%
20 Glasgow Prestwick 1,297,119 1,067,933 Decrease17.7%
21 Cardiff 1,222,715 1,028,123 Decrease15.9%
22 Guernsey 933,721 890,746 Decrease4.6%
23 Exeter International 717,694 701,743 Decrease2.2%
24 Isle of Man 701,847 697,123 Decrease0.7%
25 Doncaster Sheffield 822,877 693,661 Decrease15.7%
26 Bournemouth 613,755 692,545 Increase12.8%
27 London Southend 42,439 617,027 Increase1353.9%
28 Inverness 581,956 604,098 Increase3.8%
29 City of Derry 405,697 398,209 Decrease1.8%
30 Norwich International 413,896 396,676 Decrease4.2%
31 Scatsta 288,264 304,480 Increase5.6%
32 Blackpool 235,682 235,238 Decrease0.2%
33 Humberside 274,609 234,142 Decrease14.7%
34 Newquay 216,249 166,609 Decrease23.0%
35 Durham Tees Valley 192,410 166,251 Decrease13.6%
36 Sumburgh 143,731 150,567 Increase4.8%
37 Kirkwall 145,897 140,683 Decrease3.6%
38 Stornoway 125,582 119,411 Decrease4.9%
39 St Mary's 112,515 97,012 Decrease13.8%
40 Alderney 69,546 64,165 Decrease7.7%
TOTAL 222,407,009 223,729,006 Increase0.6%

Source: UK CAA Statistics 2012 [5]

2010 / 2011 data[edit]

The following is a list of the 40 largest UK airports in 2011, from final CAA statistics.

Rank Airport Total
Passengers
2010
Total
Passengers
2011
Change
2010/11
1 London Heathrow Airport 65,881,660 69,433,230 Increase5.4%
2 London Gatwick Airport 31,375,290 33,674,264 Increase7.3%
3 Manchester Airport 17,759,015 18,892,756 Increase6.4%
4 London Stansted Airport 18,573,803 18,052,843 Decrease2.8%
5 London Luton Airport 8,738,717 9,513,704 Increase8.9%
6 Edinburgh Airport 8,596,715 9,385,245 Increase9.2%
7 Birmingham Airport 8,572,398 8,616,296 Increase0.5%
8 Glasgow International Airport 6,548,865 6,880,217 Increase5.1%
9 Bristol Airport 5,747,604 5,780,746 Increase0.6%
10 Liverpool John Lennon Airport 5,013,940 5,251,161 Increase4.7%
11 Newcastle Airport 4,356,130 4,346,270 Decrease0.2%
12 East Midlands Airport 4,113,501 4,215,192 Increase2.5%
13 Belfast International Airport 4,016,170 4,103,620 Increase2.2%
14 Aberdeen Airport 2,763,708 3,082,816 Increase11.5%
15 London City Airport 2,780,582 2,992,847 Increase7.6%
16 Leeds Bradford International Airport 2,755,110 2,976,881 Increase8.0%
17 George Best Belfast City Airport 2,740,341 2,397,312 Decrease12.5%
18 Southampton Airport 1,733,690 1,762,076 Increase1.6%
19 Jersey Airport 1,463,221 1,491,332 Increase1.9%
20 Glasgow Prestwick Airport 1,662,744 1,297,119 Decrease22.0%
21 Cardiff Airport 1,404,613 1,222,715 Decrease13.0%
22 Guernsey Airport 923,683 933,721 Increase1.1%
23 Doncaster Sheffield Airport 876,153 822,877 Decrease6.1%
24 Exeter International Airport 744,957 717,694 Decrease3.7%
25 Isle of Man Airport 675,871 701,847 Increase3.8%
26 Bournemouth Airport 751,331 613,755 Decrease18.3%
27 Inverness Airport 530,213 581,956 Increase9.8%
28 Norwich International Airport 425,821 413,896 Decrease2.8%
29 City of Derry Airport 339,432 405,697 Increase19.5%
30 Scatsta Airport 279,482 288,264 Increase3.1%
31 Humberside Airport 283,160 274,609 Decrease3.0%
32 Blackpool Airport 235,340 235,682 Increase0.1%
33 Newquay Airport 315,107 216,249 Decrease31.4%
34 Durham Tees Valley Airport 226,209 192,410 Decrease14.9%
35 Kirkwall Airport 141,399 145,897 Increase3.2%
36 Sumburgh Airport 140,129 143,731 Increase2.6%
37 Stornoway Airport 113,680 125,582 Increase10.5%
38 St. Mary's Airport 115,194 112,515 Decrease2.3%
39 Penzance Heliport 89,469 75,206 Decrease15.9%
40 Alderney Airport 70,012 69,546 Decrease0.7%
TOTAL 213,933,050 222,439,776 Increase4.0%

Source: 2010 - UK CAA Official Statistics,[6] 2011 - UK CAA Airport Statistics[7]

2009 / 2010 data[edit]

The following is a list of the 40 largest UK airports in 2010, from final 2009 and 2010 CAA statistics.

Rank Airport Total
Passengers
2009
Total
Passengers
2010
Change
2009/10
1 London Heathrow Airport 66,036,957 65,881,660 Decrease0.2%
2 London Gatwick Airport 32,392,520 31,375,290 Decrease3.1%
3 London Stansted Airport 19,957,077 18,573,803 Decrease6.9%
4 Manchester Airport 18,724,889 17,759,015 Decrease5.2%
5 London Luton Airport 9,120,546 8,738,717 Decrease4.2%
6 Edinburgh Airport 9,049,355 8,596,715 Decrease5.0%
7 Birmingham Airport 9,102,899 8,572,398 Decrease5.8%
8 Glasgow International Airport 7,225,021 6,548,865 Decrease9.4%
9 Bristol Airport 5,642,921 5,747,604 Increase1.9%
10 Liverpool John Lennon Airport 4,884,494 5,013,940 Increase2.7%
11 Newcastle Airport 4,587,883 4,356,130 Decrease5.1%
12 East Midlands Airport 4,658,151 4,113,501 Decrease11.7%
13 Belfast International Airport 4,546,475 4,016,170 Decrease11.7%
14 London City Airport 2,796,890 2,780,582 Decrease0.6%
15 Aberdeen Airport 2,984,445 2,763,708 Decrease7.4%
16 Leeds Bradford International Airport 2,574,426 2,755,110 Increase7.0%
17 George Best Belfast City Airport 2,621,763 2,740,341 Increase4.5%
18 Southampton Airport 1,789,901 1,733,690 Decrease3.1%
19 Glasgow Prestwick Airport 1,817,727 1,662,744 Decrease8.5%
20 Jersey Airport 1,491,424 1,463,221 Decrease1.9%
21 Cardiff Airport 1,631,236 1,404,613 Decrease13.9%
22 Guernsey Airport 937,391 923,683 Decrease1.4%
23 Doncaster Sheffield Airport 835,768 876,153 Increase4.8%
24 Bournemouth Airport 870,754 751,331 Decrease13.7%
25 Exeter International Airport 795,721 744,957 Decrease6.4%
26 Isle of Man Airport 708,127 675,871 Decrease4.6%
27 Inverness Airport 591,397 530,213 Decrease10.3%
28 Norwich International Airport 430,594 425,821 Decrease1.1%
29 City of Derry Airport 345,857 339,432 Decrease1.9%
30 Newquay Airport 386,870 315,107 Decrease18.5%
31 Humberside Airport 336,649 283,160 Decrease15.9%
32 Scatsta Airport 270,101 279,482 Increase3.5%
33 Blackpool Airport 276,866 235,340 Decrease15.0%
34 Durham Tees Valley Airport 289,464 226,209 Decrease21.9%
35 Kirkwall Airport 150,343 141,399 Decrease5.9%
36 Sumburgh Airport 140,714 140,129 Decrease0.4%
37 Plymouth City Airport 157,933 128,603 Decrease18.6%
38 St. Mary's Airport 120,909 115,194 Decrease4.7%
39 Stornoway Airport 123,199 113,680 Decrease7.7%
40 Penzance Heliport 85,911 89,469 Increase4.1%
TOTAL 221,491,568 213,933,050 Decrease3.4%

Source: UK CAA Official Statistics 2009[8] & 2010[6]

2008 / 2009 data[edit]

The following is a list of the 40 largest UK airports, which served 221,491,568 passengers annually in 2009, from 2008-2009 CAA statistics.

Rank Airport Total
Passengers
2008
Total
Passengers
2009
Change
2008/09
Aircraft
movements
2009
1 London Heathrow Airport 67,054,745 66,036,957 Decrease1.5% 466,393
2 London Gatwick Airport 34,205,887 32,392,520 Decrease5.3% 251,879
3 London Stansted Airport 22,360,364 19,957,077 Decrease10.7% 167,817
4 Manchester Airport 21,219,195 18,724,889 Decrease11.8% 172,515
5 London Luton Airport 10,180,734 9,120,546 Decrease10.4% 98,736
6 Birmingham Airport 9,627,589 9,102,899 Decrease5.4% 101,221
7 Edinburgh Airport 9,006,702 9,049,355 Increase0.5% 115,969
8 Glasgow International Airport 8,178,891 7,225,021 Decrease11.7% 85,281
9 Bristol Airport 6,267,114 5,642,921 Decrease10.0% 70,245
10 Liverpool John Lennon Airport 5,334,152 4,884,494 Decrease8.4% 79,298
11 East Midlands Airport 5,620,673 4,658,151 Decrease17.1% 83,256
12 Newcastle Airport 5,039,993 4,587,883 Decrease9.0% 69,254
13 Belfast International Airport 5,262,354 4,546,475 Decrease13.6% 68,813
14 Aberdeen Airport 3,290,920 2,984,445 Decrease9.3% 109,876
15 London City Airport 3,260,236 2,796,890 Decrease14.2% 76,861
16 George Best Belfast City Airport 2,570,742 2,621,763 Increase2.0% 39,330
17 Leeds Bradford International Airport 2,873,321 2,574,426 Decrease10.4% 53,817
18 Glasgow Prestwick Airport 2,415,755 1,817,727 Decrease24.8% 34,230
19 Southampton Airport 1,945,993 1,789,901 Decrease8.0% 45,502
20 Cardiff Airport 1,994,892 1,631,236 Decrease18.2% 27,003
21 Jersey Airport 1,625,660 1,491,424 Decrease8.3% 64,120
22 Guernsey Airport 945,441 937,391 Decrease0.9% 57,634
23 Bournemouth Airport 1,083,446 870,754 Decrease19.6% 82,538
24 Doncaster Sheffield Airport 968,481 835,768 Decrease13.7% 10,584
25 Exeter International Airport 956,251 795,721 Decrease16.8% 37,562
26 Isle of Man Airport 754,419 708,127 Decrease6.1% 40,539
27 Inverness Airport 678,776 591,397 Decrease12.9% 30,290
28 Norwich International Airport 583,056 430,594 Decrease26.1% 42,003
29 Newquay Airport 466,448 386,870 Decrease17.1% 12,835
30 City of Derry Airport 439,033 345,857 Decrease21.2% 10,286
31 Humberside Airport 427,648 336,649 Decrease21.3% 35,060
32 Durham Tees Valley Airport 655,017 289,464 Decrease55.9% 25,208
33 Blackpool Airport 439,200 276,866 Decrease36.9% 52,575
34 Scatsta Airport 243,087 270,101 Increase11.1% 14,364
35 Plymouth City Airport 117,823 157,933 Increase34.0% 19,763
36 Kirkwall Airport 149,508 150,343 Increase0.6% 15,590
37 Sumburgh Airport 156,948 140,714 Decrease10.3% 12,159
38 Stornoway Airport 131,752 123,199 Decrease6.5% 11,627
39 St. Mary's Airport 122,863 120,909 Decrease4.0% 2,126
40 Penzance Heliport 98,360 85,911 Decrease12.7% 5,218
TOTAL 238,986,131 221,491,568 Decrease7.3% 2,799,377

Source: UK CAA Official Statistics 2008[9] & 2009[8]

20 largest UK airports by total passenger traffic[edit]

2010 Data[edit]

Rank Airport Total
Passengers
 % Change
2009/2010
International
Passengers
Domestic
Passengers
Transit
Passengers
Aircraft
Movements
Freight
(Metric Tonnes)
1 London Heathrow 65,881,660 Decrease0.3% 60,904,418 4,840,832 136,410 454,823 1,472,988
2 London Gatwick 31,375,290 Decrease3.1% 27,845,885 3,496,378 33,027 240,500 104,032
3 London Stansted 18,573,803 Decrease6.9% 16,838,683 1,723,337 11,783 155,140 202,238
4 Manchester 17,759,015 Decrease5.2% 15,424,948 2,237,593 96,474 159,114 115,922
5 London Luton 8,738,717 Decrease4.2% 7,796,057 937,785 4,875 94,575 28,743
6 Edinburgh 8,596,715 Decrease5.0% 4,162,932 4,431,517 2,266 108,997 20,357
7 Birmingham 8,572,398 Decrease5.8% 7,433,278 1,130,227 8,893 95,454 21,605
8 Glasgow International 6,548,865 Decrease9.4% 3,078,725 3,443,040 27,100 77,755 2,914
9 Bristol 5,747,604 Increase1.9% 4,644,034 1,079,148 24,422 69,134 0
10 Liverpool 5,013,940 Increase2.7% 4,203,065 804,879 5,996 68,164 265
11 Newcastle 4,356,130 Decrease5.1% 3,096,221 1,249,731 10,178 66,677 3,650
12 East Midlands 4,113,501 Decrease11.7% 3,532,444 578,085 2,972 69,452 273,630
13 Belfast International 4,016,170 Decrease11.7% 1,621,268 2,389,704 5,198 60,742 29,716
14 London City 2,780,582 Decrease0.6% 2,224,394 556,188 0 68,640 0
15 Aberdeen 2,763,708 Decrease7.4% 1,159,942 1,603,549 217 102,396 4,211
16 Leeds Bradford 2,755,110 Increase7.0% 2,323,110 400,723 31,277 52,284 235
17 Belfast City 2,740,341 Increase4.5% 62,850 2,677,455 36 40,324 155
18 Southampton 1,733,690 Decrease3.1% 668,850 1,064,703 137 45,350 116
19 Glasgow Prestwick 1,662,744 Decrease8.5% 1,314,420 345,526 2,798 33,087 12,163
20 Jersey 1,463,221 Decrease1.9% 72,502 1,356,296 34,423 61,739 3,027

Source: UK CAA Official Statistics[10]

2009 Data[edit]

Rank Airport Total
Passengers
 % Change
2008/2009
International
Passengers
Domestic
Passengers
Transit
Passengers
Aircraft
Movements
Freight
(Metric Tonnes)
1 London Heathrow 66,036,957 Decrease1.5% 60,652,036 5,254,605 130,316 466,393 1,277,650
2 London Gatwick 32,392,520 Decrease5.3% 28,698,660 3,662,113 31,747 251,879 74,680
3 London Stansted 19,957,077 Decrease10.7% 18,054,748 1,894,941 7,388 167,817 182,810
4 Manchester 18,724,889 Decrease11.8% 16,063,891 2,566,503 94,495 172,515 102,543
5 London Luton 9,120,546 Decrease10.4% 7,937,319 1,178,008 5,219 98,736 28,643
6 Birmingham 9,102,899 Decrease5.4% 7,773,643 1,319,558 9,698 101,221 13,070
7 Edinburgh 9,049,355 Increase0.5% 4,136,677 4,906,775 5,903 115,969 23,791
8 Glasgow International 7,225,021 Decrease11.7% 3,423,174 3,790,223 11,624 85,281 2,334
9 Bristol 5,642,921 Decrease10.0% 4,506,808 1,108,392 27,721 70,245 0
10 Liverpool 4,884,494 Decrease8.4% 4,078,795 800,673 5,026 79,298 264
11 East Midlands 4,658,151 Decrease17.1% 4,019,364 633,327 5,460 83,256 255,121
12 Newcastle 4,587,883 Decrease9.0% 3,158,477 1,410,142 19,264 69,254 2,597
13 Belfast International 4,546,475 Decrease13.6% 1,667,738 2,868,760 9,977 68,813 29,804
14 Aberdeen 2,984,445 Decrease9.3% 1,286,843 1,696,950 652 109,876 3,822
15 London City 2,796,890 Decrease14.2% 2,204,731 592,159 0 76,861 0
16 Belfast City 2,621,763 Increase2.0% 55,251 2,566,482 30 39,330 138
17 Leeds Bradford 2,574,426 Decrease10.4% 2,098,479 454,118 21,829 53,817 359
18 Glasgow Prestwick 1,817,727 Decrease24.8% 1,358,000 459,286 441 34,230 13,385
19 Southampton 1,789,901 Decrease8.0% 682,427 1,107,016 458 45,502 209
20 Cardiff 1,631,236 Decrease18.2% 1,249,530 375,200 6,506 27,003 178

Source: UK CAA Official Statistics[10]

2008 Data[edit]

Rank Airport Total
Passengers
 % Change
2007/2008
International
Passengers
Domestic
Passengers
Transit
Passengers
Aircraft
Movements
Freight
(Metric Tonnes)
1 London Heathrow 67,054,745 Decrease1.5% 61,344,438 5,562,516 147,791 478,693 1,397,054
2 London Gatwick 34,205,887 Decrease2.9% 30,431,051 3,730,963 43,873 263,653 107,702
3 London Stansted 22,360,364 Decrease6.0% 19,996,947 2,343,428 19,989 193,282 197,738
4 Manchester 21,219,195 Decrease4.0% 18,119,230 2,943,719 156,246 204,610 141,781
5 London Luton 10,180,734 Increase2.6% 8,853,224 1,320,678 6,832 117,859 40,518
6 Birmingham Airport 9,627,589 Increase4.3% 8,105,162 1,471,538 50,889 112,227 12,192
7 Edinburgh 9,006,702 Decrease0.5% 3,711,140 5,281,038 14,524 125,550 12,418
8 Glasgow International 8,178,891 Decrease7.0% 3,943,139 4,192,121 43,631 100,087 3,546
9 Bristol 6,267,114 Increase5.7% 5,057,051 1,171,605 38,458 76,517 3
10 East Midlands 5,620,673 Increase3.8% 4,870,184 746,094 4,395 93,038 261,507
11 Liverpool 5,334,152 Decrease2.5% 4,514,926 814,900 4,326 84,890 3,740
12 Belfast International 5,262,354 Decrease0.2% 2,122,844 3,099,995 39,515 77,943 36,115
13 Newcastle 5,039,993 Decrease10.8% 3,506,681 1,509,959 23,353 72,904 1,938
14 Aberdeen 3,290,920 Decrease3.6% 1,470,099 1,820,137 684 119,831 4,006
15 London City 3,260,236 Increase12.0% 2,600,731 659,494 11 94,516 0
16 Leeds Bradford 2,873,321 Decrease0.3% 2,282,358 578,089 12,874 61,699 334
17 Belfast City 2,570,742 Increase17.5% 70,516 2,500,225 1 42,990 168
18 Glasgow Prestwick 2,415,755 Decrease0.3% 1,728,020 685,999 1,736 42,708 22,966
19 Cardiff 1,994,892 Decrease5.5% 1,565,991 412,728 16,173 37,123 1,334
20 Southampton 1,945,993 Decrease1.0% 768,487 1,177,280 226 50,689 264

Source: UK CAA Official Statistics[10]

2007 Data[edit]

Rank Airport Total
Passengers
 % Change
2006/2007
International
Passengers
Domestic
Passengers
Transit
Passengers
Aircraft
Movements
Freight
(Metric Tonnes)
1 London Heathrow 68,066,028 Increase0.8% 62,098,911 5,753,476 213,641 481,476 1,310,987
2 London Gatwick 35,216,113 Increase3.1% 31,142,002 4,023,402 50,709 266,550 171,078
3 London Stansted 23,779,697 Increase0.4% 21,204,946 2,554,304 20,447 208,462 203,747
4 Manchester 22,112,625 Decrease1.5% 18,662,468 3,229,255 220,902 222,703 165,366
5 London Luton 9,927,321 Increase5.3% 8,427,894 1,491,467 7,960 120,238 38,095
6 Birmingham Airport 9,226,340 Increase0.9% 7,592,240 1,541,815 92,285 114,679 13,585
7 Edinburgh 9,047,558 Increase5.1% 3,417,891 5,619,309 10,358 128,172 19,292
8 Glasgow International 8,795,727 Decrease0.6% 4,131,512 4,594,575 69,640 108,305 4,276
9 Bristol 5,926,774 Increase2.9% 4,608,290 1,275,566 42,918 76,428 20
10 Newcastle 5,650,716 Increase4.0% 3,948,594 1,675,013 27,109 79,200 785
11 Liverpool 5,468,510 Increase10.2% 4,636,149 827,085 5,276 86,668 3,709
12 East Midlands 5,413,360 Increase14.5% 4,709,855 696,649 6,856 93,989 274,753
13 Belfast International 5,272,664 Increase4.6% 1,788,807 3,447,248 36,609 77,395 38,429
14 Aberdeen 3,412,257 Increase7.8% 1,475,988 1,935,152 1,117 121,927 3,434
15 London City 2,912,123 Increase23.5% 2,214,884 697,239 0 91,177 0
16 Leeds Bradford 2,881,539 Increase3.2% 2,229,283 630,575 21,681 65,249 109
17 Glasgow Prestwick 2,422,332 Increase1.0% 1,827,592 593,117 1,623 47,910 31,517
18 Belfast City 2,186,993 Increase3.9% 93,547 2,093,320 126 43,022 1,057
19 Cardiff 2,111,148 Increase4.3% 1,665,247 428,260 17,641 43,963 2,391
20 Southampton 1,965,686 Increase2.8% 767,416 1,198,006 264 54,183 297

Source: UK CAA Official Statistics[10]

2006 Data[edit]

Rank Airport Total
Passengers
 % Change
2005/2006
International
Passengers
Domestic
Passengers
Transit
Passengers
Aircraft
Movements
Freight
(Metric Tonnes)
1 London Heathrow 67,527,923 Decrease0.6% 61,345,841 5,993,386 188,696 477,048 1,263,128
2 London Gatwick 34,163,579 Increase4.2% 30,018,783 4,061,562 83,234 263,363 211,857
3 London Stansted 23,687,013 Increase7.7% 21,002,260 2,678,092 6,661 206,693 224,312
4 Manchester 22,442,855 Increase0.2% 18,601,604 3,522,158 319,093 229,729 148,957
5 London Luton 9,425,908 Increase3.0% 7,875,084 1,539,745 11,079 116,131 17,993
6 Birmingham Airport 9,147,384 Decrease2.5% 7,532,792 1,523,212 91,380 119,490 14,681
7 Glasgow International 8,848,755 Increase0.6% 4,245,338 4,575,124 28,293 110,034 6,289
8 Edinburgh 8,611,345 Increase1.8% 2,743,220 5,863,431 4,694 126,914 36,389
9 Bristol 5,757,963 Increase9.6% 4,297,696 1,412,526 47,741 84,583 32
10 Newcastle 5,431,976 Increase4.4% 3,624,228 1,783,134 24,614 81,655 306
11 Belfast International 5,038,692 Increase4.4% 1,533,065 3,482,199 23,428 77,652 38,417
12 Liverpool 4,963,776 Increase12.5% 4,078,245 884,215 1,316 91,263 5,724
13 East Midlands 4,727,996 Increase13.0% 4,048,071 672,748 7,177 88,592 272,303
14 Aberdeen 3,164,042 Increase10.9% 1,325,989 1,836,635 1,418 116,971 4,022
15 Leeds Bradford 2,792,686 Increase7.0% 2,154,982 632,235 5,469 66,921 101
16 Glasgow Prestwick 2,397,412 Decrease0.4% 1,824,523 570,405 2,484 48,189 28,537
17 London City 2,358,184 Increase18.1% 1,738,346 619,813 25 79,436 0
18 Belfast City 2,105,769 Decrease5.9% 51,948 2,053,649 172 39,411 827
19 Cardiff 2,024,428 Increase13.8% 1,628,245 364,852 31,331 42,055 2,212
20 Southampton 1,912,979 Increase4.2% 619,219 1,293,483 277 55,786 195

Source: UK CAA Official Statistics[10]

Future airport expansion[edit]

  • London HeathrowTerminal 5 opened on 27 March 2008, increasing the total passenger numbers potentially to over 90 million, possibly making Heathrow the world's busiest airport. However, serious delays and glitches remain. Plans for a third runway could increase aircraft movement dramatically and see over 115 million passengers using Heathrow annually.[citation needed] See also Future expansion and Expansion of London Heathrow Airport
  • Manchester – Expansion of services and facilities at Manchester Airport estimates a usage by 50 million passengers in 2030, which is more than twice as many as the airport handles now.
  • London Stansted – Plans for a second runway to increase capacity were shelved in 2010. Due to be sold by BAA in 2012 following Competition Commission ruling. See Stansted proposed expansion for more.
  • London Luton – Luton's usage has increased by around 900% between 1991 and 2006, however plans for another runway and new terminal were scrapped due to financial reasons.[citation needed] See Development plans and the future
  • Birmingham – Birmingham Airport is currently extending its runway, and there have been proposals of a second runway. The airport will be a calling point for High Speed 2. See Birmingham Airport Future
  • Leeds Bradford International Airport – In November 2008, Bridgepoint Capital announced a £28 million expansion of the current terminal building at Leeds Bradford International Airport, enabling the airport to handle in excess of 6 million passengers a year. The airport also intends to increase parking, the number of aircraft stands[clarification needed], and build a railway link towards Horsforth, enabling a link with Leeds railway station.
  • Bournemouth Airport – A £45 million redevelopment by Manchester Airports group was announced in 2006 and began in 2008. The terminal building is to double in size, to replace the arrivals terminal, increase the number of stands/gates from 4 to 13 and to add more car parking spaces. Improvements to the local infrastructure, as well as the possibility of the construction of a new hotel are also included in the redevelopment phases.[11]
  • London Southend – Since its purchase by the Stobart Group in 2008, London Southend Airport has embarked on a massive programme of development including a 300 m runway extension, new terminal, railway station and hotel. EasyJet has commenced services from the airport in April 2012 with the anticipation that 700,000 passengers will be carried by easyJet alone in 2012.
  • Other - Numerous UK airports are expanding to accommodate the new Airbus A380, and even the smaller airports such as Blackpool International are becoming larger and more popular due to demand.[citation needed]

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References[edit]