UK: Business flights down nearly four million on pre-pandemic levels

Number of flights taken for business purposes in 2023 was 29% lower than 2019 levels, New Economics Foundation analysis finds

May 20, 2024

According to a recent analysis of Office for National Statistics data by the New Economics Foundation (NEF), the number of business flights to and from the UK in 2023 will be 29% lower than in 2019, before the pandemic.

Key takeaways

  • The analysis also highlights a long-term decline in the market share of business flights, showing that the sector's share of the overall commercial aviation market halved between 2013 and 2022;
  • This trend is consistent with the SAP Concur 2023 Global Business Travel Managers Report, which found that 98% of travel managers expect to change their travel policy in the next year to meet internal and external sustainability goals;
  • Researchers suggest that the new data points to a further "decoupling" of business travel from economic growth.

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