Air passenger and air freight volumes


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Headline data

Source: Department for Transport (DfT) & Civil Aviation Authority

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Number (Thousands), Tonnes (Thousands)

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available

Air passenger and air freight volumes

Indicator description
Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

Number (Thousands), Tonnes (Thousands)


Passenger and freight volumes are the sum of the passenger and freight volumes reported for the air carriers in terms of number of people and metric tonnes of cargo respectively.

Available disaggregations
Other information

Data on Source only goes back to 2008. Data from 2007 is from previous release. This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has not been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 12 November 2021
Metadata last updated 12 November 2021

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Passenger and freight volumes, by mode of transport

Target name

Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

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Department for Transport (DfT) & Civil Aviation Authority



Earliest available data


Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Link to data source Aviation statistics - data tables (AVI) opens in a new window
Release date 17 December 2020
Next release


Statistical classification

Official Statistic

Contact details

Other information

AVI0102 - Air traffic by type of service, operator and airport (ODS, 42.6KB)