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. For an overview of what we do in relation to aviation read An introduction to air'.

Air traffic management

Provides information on Single European Sky (SES), National Air Traffic Services (NATS), Lower Airspace Radar Services (LARS), and other air traffic control issues.

Air traffic forecasts

This section contains copies of the Air Traffic Forecast publication.


Detailed information relating to all aspects of airports including development, aircraft maintenance, and air freight studies.

Aviation safety

Information regarding aviation safety including Dft's Transport Security Division's mission statement and information on foreign airlines (or individual aircraft) that are being refused permits to operate commercial services to the UK.

Domestic issues

Government responses to Select Committee and Transport Committee reports on domestic issues, and the sponsorship statement for the Civil Aviation Authority.

Environmental issues

This section contains information on various environmental issues including aircraft noise, sleep disturbance, health in aircraft cabins and disruptive behaviour on board UK aircraft, and on the Project for the Sustainable Development of Heathrow.

Health and consumer issues

This section contains information on various issues including health in aircraft cabins and disruptive behaviour on board UK aircraft.

Aviation permits

Any operator of a foreign-registered aircraft must obtain an Aviation Permit from the Secretary of State for Transport before operating in UK airspace. Details of how to apply for and obtain such permits can be found in the links below.

International services

The Department for Transport's work on improving international services for the UK.


Aviation research.

An introduction to air

An introduction to the aviation industry.

24 January 2007

Useful links for aviation

Useful links to other sites for aviation.

18 January 2005
Last update:
06 March 2009

Glossary of Useful Terms

A list of terms associated with Aviation.

18 January 2006

Aviation External Advisory Group

The Aviation External Advisory Group maintains a formal channel of communication between the Department for Transport and external stakeholders.

Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) Veterans Badge

If you served in the ATA during the Second World War then you are eligible to receive an ATA Veterans Badge.

Email contacts

13 January 2006
Last update:
02 March 2010

South East Airports Taskforce

Archived content

The following content is available from the Department for Transport web archive .

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