Ukraine: Royal Air Force Flights Increase in Intensity

Ukraine: Royal Air Force Flights Increase in Intensity
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Since the ongoing war in Ukraine, flights from the Royal Air Force have increased in intensity and are significantly higher than in 2019.

Using data from, we will be looking at the branch of the UK armed forces’ movement statistics to decipher this.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

Royal Air Force Flights Increase In Line with the Ukraine War…

Ukraine: Royal Air Force Flights Increase in Intensity
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For July 4-11, flights within the Royal Air Force operated at least 200 flights, based on a seven-day rolling average provided by the flight tracking company.

This represents an increase of 57.48% compared to the same period last year and is 182 movements higher than in 2019.

Below is the last four weeks’ worth of data highlighting the high level of flights operated by this branch of the UK armed forces:


Date2019 Numbers2022 Numbers2023 NumbersPercentage Difference (2023 vs. 2022)
June 6-1313 movements92 movements144 movements+56.52%
June 13-2012 movements137 movements149 movements+8.76%
June 20-2715 movements131 movements132 movements+0.76%
June 27-July 413 movements125 movements136 movements+8.80%

What the data shows is that the amount of Royal Air Force flights has increased exponentially as the Ukraine war has forged on.

Such flights would include reconnaissance missions as per partnerships with NATO, as well as troop, transports taking place on a daily and weekly basis.

This would also increase the potential for fighter jet movements as well as doing sorties and missions on the NATO borders too.

As the war continues to develop in Ukraine with no sign of stopping, it will be interesting to see how many more flights the Royal Air Force aims to operate in response.

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