UK airports handled 6% more passengers last year.
This was despite holiday airlines enjoying their smallest share of the market for 20 years.
Some 229m passengers passed through UK airports in 2005, an increase of more than 6% on 2004, says the Civil Aviation Authority.
At 13.4%, the proportion of passengers flying on UK charter flights was the lowest in 20 years.
In contrast, the proportion of passengers at UK airports flying on UK scheduled airlines reached 50.5% last year, the highest for 20 years.
Big growth on routes to North Africa, Poland and Italy boosted numbers.
The number of passengers carried from UK airports by non-UK EU airlines broke 50m for the first time in 2005, up 13% on 2004's 47m.