Europes largest airlines ranked by passengers in millions
What are the largest airlines in Europe?
Everyone is familiar with names such as British Airways, Aer Lingus Ryanair and easyJet, but most people don’t know which airline is the largest airline in Europe. There is uncertainty due to a large number of mergers and bankruptcies that have taken place in the aviation sector. Well-known examples are the merger between Air France and KLM and the bankruptcy of Belgian Sabena and Hungarian Malev. Moreover, low-cost airlines play a major role for now in Europe. The main cause of this is the deregulation of European airspace in 1992. From that moment airlines were allowed to fly within the EU without the consent of national governments. This resulted in the rise of low-cost airlines like Ryanair, easyJet and Wizz Air, a success as can be proven by the number of passengers low-cost carriers carried in 2019.
Top 20 largest airlines Europe, 2019:
|2||Lufthansa Group (Lufthansa, Eurowings, Brussels Airlines, Swiss, Austrian Airlines)||145.2 million|
|3||IAG Group (British Airways, Vueling, Iberia, Aer Lingus, LEVEL)||118.3 million|
|4||Air France-KLM (Air France, KLM, Transavia France, Transavia)||104.2 million|
|6||Turkish Airlines (including AnadoluJet)||74.3 million|
|7||Aeroflot Group (Aeroflot, Pobeda, Rossiya Airlines)||60.7 million|
|8||Wizz Air||39.8 million|
|10||Pegasus Airlines||30.8 million|
|11||SAS Group (Scandinavian Airlines)*||29.8 million|
|12||Alitalia (now ITA Airways)||21.3 million|
|13||S7 Airlines||17.8 million|
|14||TAP Air Portugal||17.1 million|
|15||Aegean Airlines (and Olympic Air)||15.0 million|
|17||Air Europa||13.1 million|
|19||TUI Airways||11.8 million|
* Fiscal year 2019 (1 November 2018 – 31 October 2019)
Lufthansa Group 2019 = Lufthansa 71.3 million (including regional partners), Eurowings 38.2 million (Eurowings 28.1 mil. and Brussels Airlines 10.2 mil.), Swiss 21.6 million (including Edelweiss Air), Austrian Airlines 14.7 million
IAG Group 2019 = British Airways 47.7 million, Vueling 34.6 million, Iberia 22.449 million (including Iberia Express), Aer Lingus 11.649 million, LEVEL 1.9 million
Air France-KLM 2019 = Air France 52.5 million (including HOP!), KLM 35.1 million, Transavia 16.6 million (Transavia France and Transavia)
Aeroflot Group 2019 = Aeroflot 37.2 million, Pobeda, Rossiya Airlines and Aurora (51% ownership) 23.5 million
easyJet annual report 2020: Due to the impact of COVID-19, in the 2020 financial year easyJet flew only 48.1 million passengers (2019: 96.1 million), down 50% on the prior year.
Top 20 largest airlines Europe (individual), 2019:
|3||Turkish Airlines (including AnadoluJet)||74.3 million|
|5||Air France (including HOP!)||52.5 million|
|6||British Airways||47.7 million|
|7||Wizz Air||39.8 million|
|12||Pegasus Airlines||30.8 million|
|13||Scandinavian Airlines||29.8 million|
|17||Alitalia (now ITA Airways)||21.3 million|
|18||S7 Airlines||17.8 million|
|19||TAP Air Portugal||17.1 million|
|20||Transavia France and Transavia||16.6 million|
Which airlines are banned within the EU?
To improve safety in Europe further, the European Commission has decided to ban airlines found to be unsafe from operating in European airspace. These airlines are placed on a blacklist. Banned airlines are not allowed to fly within Europe and should not take off or land at European airports. Click here to see the list of airlines banned within the EU.