Aviation is a major UK industry, carrying over 235 million passengers a year and over 2.3 million tonnes of freight. Demand for air travel is projected to grow in the medium to long-term. DfT has put in place a long-term framework that balances the delivery of social and economic benefits from aviation, with the need to reduce and mitigate the environmental impacts of air transport and airport development.

Current issues

Airport security passenger information Airport security passenger information

Advice on current security requirements and general travel information for passengers departing from UK airports.

Sustainable Framework for UK Aviation

Government has published a Scoping Document to initiate a stakeholder dialogue on the future direction of aviation policy.


Information for both domestic and international air passengers.

Safety and security

DfT and the Civil Aviation Authority's Safety Regulation Group recognise that aviation safety needs constant vigilance by regulators and industry alike. As such, we are always looking to improve safety levels and reduce the risk of harm arising from air transport.

Aviation for business and industry

Airport and airspace policy

DfT's aviation policies ensure that public and private sectors can work in partnership to provide the UK with the world's best air traffic services and effect the most efficient use of airspace in terms of safety, efficiency and capacity to meet increasing demand.

Aviation and the environment

DfT is taking action to alleviate and control the adverse impacts of aircraft noise, air quality and adverse impacts of aviation on climate change.

Research and statistics