Aviation: Public Opinion

Department for Transport written question – answered on 16th September 2020.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Department for Transport plans to update the data on (1) public experiences of, and attitudes towards, air travel, (2) public attitudes to climate change and the impact of transport, and (3) aviation statistics information; and when each of these were last updated.

Photo of Baroness Vere of Norbiton Baroness Vere of Norbiton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department for Transport has previously published a statistical publication entitled “Public experiences of, and attitudes towards air travel”, last released in 2014. This presented analyses of a short set of questions relating to air travel that were placed into the Office for National Statistics’ Opinions and Lifestyle Survey. These questions have since been suspended. Information about UK consumers’ behaviour and attitudes towards commercial aviation can now be found in the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) Aviation Consumer Survey and the corresponding reports are published on the CAA website.

The Department for Transport published the National Travel Attitudes Study: Wave 3 in August 2020 which included information around attitudes to climate change. The National Travel Attitudes Study is a bi-annual survey used to collect information on public attitudes towards travel and transport.

The Department for Transport’s compilation of aviation statistics is released annually in the AVI tables series alongside the release of the Department’s annual statistical compendium entitled “Transport Statistics Great Britain”. These aviation statistics were last released in December 2019, and are currently scheduled to be updated in December 2020. Information relating to statistics for UK airports is also available directly from the CAA website.

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