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Q: Airline Activity Data ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Airline Activity Data
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: walterrooner-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 29 Jul 2004 01:45 PDT
Expires: 28 Aug 2004 01:45 PDT
Question ID: 380657
I am currently writing an article about the use of computers in
healthcare in the UK. People often compare the airline industry with
healthcare and say "why can't we use computers like they do?" My
question is about the activity of all airports around the world. ie
how many planes per country, how many flights per day; how many
passengers do they carry. This will enable me to do a comparison of
a)the complexity of health over airlines and b)activity - ie health
epsiodes Vs flights.
Any help appreciated

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 29 Jul 2004 03:51 PDT

Pardon me for asking, but wouldn't you be better off making a
comparison between health care delivery in a single country, and
airline information in a single country (rather than from all over the

Flights-per-day data (or health care data) may be available from some
data-intensive areas like the US or UK, but might be hard to find for,
e.g. Burma!

Let us know what you think.


Clarification of Question by walterrooner-ga on 29 Jul 2004 06:40 PDT
Yes...I was reflecting on my question and agree the analogy should at
best be within a single country.
In that case, I would like activity data for airlines operating within
In answer to the second query, the activity of,say booking, would
reflect the other activity of an airline anyway so I would settle for
simple airline booking activity for airports in England.
Subject: Re: Airline Activity Data
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 29 Jul 2004 08:49 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello again, Walter.

Thank you for getting back to me on this.

As I mentioned in my earlier comment, the UK is one of the countries
that can be described as data-rich in terms of the information
collected by the government and made available to the public.

Information on the airlines and airports of the country is one of the
areas that holds true to this notion.  The Civil Aviation Authority of
the UK maintains an entire page devoted to an updated presentation of
Airport Statistics in the country.  The most recent statistics can be
found at:
UK Airport Statistics: 2004 

Almost 20 categories of data presented, including the following tables:

Table 01 Size of UK Airports

Table 02.1 Main Outputs of UK Airports

Table 02.2 Summary of Activity at UK Airports

Table 03 Aircraft Movements

Table 04 Transport Movements by Type

Table 05 Air Transport Movements

Table 06 Air Transport Movements vs Prev Year

Table 07 Airport Landings Diverted

Table 08 Air Pax by Type and Nat of Op
Table 09 Terminal and Transit Pax

Table 10.1 EU and Other Intl Terminal Pax Traffic

Table 11 International Air Pax Traffic to from UK by Country

...and so on.


The tables present highly detailed information.  

For example, Table 2.2 on overall Airport Activity has headings as follows:
Summary of Activity at UK Airports April 2004

Air Transport Movements:  Scheduled & Charter

Terminal Passengers:  Scheduled & Charter

Transit Passengers:  Scheduled & Charter

Freight (Tonnes):  Scheduled & Charter

Mail (Tonnes):  Scheduled & Charter

The data is presented in each category for every sizable airport in
the UK.  Near the bottom of the table are summary statistics for the
UK as a whole.

For instance,  for April 2004, some of the relevant numbers for the entire UK are:

Total number of scheduled flights:................158,761
Total number of chartered flights:.................24,284

Total number of scheduled passengers:..........14,841,769
Total number of chartered passengers:...........2,168,513

...and so on.


Separate web pages provide information on airline punctuality statistics:
UK Punctuality Statistics

and airline financial data:
UK Airline Financial Tables
Annual Profit and Loss, Airline Appropriation & Balance Sheet
statistics are collected from all major UK Airlines (those whose total
fleet exceeds 200 Tonnes maximum take off weight authorised).

The data are presented on the web, and are also available in a variety
of other paper and electronic formats:
CD, Floppy Disk and Paper Copies


These statistical sources will give you a good overview of the types
of data available for airlines and airports in the UK, and should
allow you to do a comparison with data collection and delivery systems
in health care.

Before rating this answer, please let me know if you need any
additional explanation of what I've presented here.  Just post a
Request for Clarification and let me know what else you need, and I am
at your service.


search strategy:  Google search on [uk airline statistics]
walterrooner-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Very good answer: Comprehensive and focussed.Result within hours too !
Many thanks

Subject: Re: Airline Activity Data
From: brabazon-ga on 29 Jul 2004 06:06 PDT
I go along with the comment above. Your task of trying to collate data
for the world is an almost impossible task. The UK airline industry
would be a lot easier, but I am still unsure about the analogy and are
you purely looking at the booking process or the whole activity of an
Subject: Re: Airline Activity Data
From: pafalafa-ga on 29 Jul 2004 11:20 PDT
Thanks Walter.

Best of luck with your article.


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