21 October 2010
The Department for Transport (DfT) has recently updated its regional transport statistics covering all modes of transport. For the aviation industry across the UK terminal passenger numbers have been declining for the past two years over 2008 and 2009 leading on from year on year increases in the sector from 1999. This trend is also replicated for air transport movements with falls in the number of movements during 2008 and 2009.

The DfT has also recorded the mode of transport used to access airports across the UK. Airports studied include Manchester, Stansted, Luton, Heathrow and Gatwick. During the 2000 – 2009 period the private car has seen a decline in use at Gatwick, Luton, Stansted. Heathrow and Manchester were the only airports to see private car use remain the same. Use of rail links has also increased at Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton and Manchester, with Stansted seeing a slight decline. For all airports the private car remains the most utilised method of surface access.

These statistics are available at: