List of largest airlines in Europe

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The following is a list of the largest airlines in Europe by total scheduled and chartered passengers, in millions. The list includes companies headquartered in the Asian portions of Russia, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. The order of the chart and its completion goes only up to the year 2021.


Rank
Country Airline/holding '21 '20 '19 '18 '17 '16 '15 '14 '13 '12 '11 '10 '09 '08 '07 '06 Fleet
Destinations
Sources
Alliance
Association
1  Ireland
 Malta
 Poland
 United Kingdom
Ryanair1 72.4 52.01 152.4 139.2 128.77 116.8 101.4 86.4 81.4 79.6 76.4 72.7 65.3 57.7 49.0 40.5 430 186 [1] A4E
2  Germany
 Austria
 Belgium
  Switzerland
Lufthansa Group2 46.9 36.35 145.2 142.3 130.04 117.4 115.2 112.5 110.4 108.9 112.0 95.1 81.2 76.4 68.8 59.1 728 321 [2] Star Alliance A4E
IATA
3  Russia Aeroflot Group5 45.81 30.16 60.7 55.7 50.13 43.4 39.4 34.7 31.4 27.5 16.4 14.1 11.1 11.6 10.2 8.7 336 189 [3] [4] SkyTeam IATA
4  Turkey Turkish Airlines6 44.8 27.95 74.28 75.16 68.61 62.8 61.2 54.8 48.3 39.0 32.6 29.1 25.1 22.6 19.6 16.9 407 315 [5][6] Star Alliance AIRE
IATA
5  France
 Netherlands
Air France-KLM3 44.67 34.1 104.2 101.45 98.72 93.4 89.8 87.4 78.4 77.5 75.8 70.8 71.4 73.8 74.8 73.5 574 231 [7] SkyTeam A4E
IATA
6  United Kingdom
 Ireland
 Spain
International Airlines Group4 38.86 31.3 118.3 112.92 104.83 100.7 94.9 77.3 67.2 54.6 51.7 50.6 53.3 59.8 61.7 63.2 520 248 [8] oneworld A4E
7  Hungary
 United Kingdom
Wizz Air9 21.7 16.67 39.8 33.81 28.27 22.78 19.2 15.8 13.5 12.0 11.2 9.6 7.8 5.8 4.2 3.0 120 144 [9]
8  United Kingdom
 Austria
  Switzerland
EasyJet7 20.4 16.09 103.3 88.5 81.63 74.5 69.9 65.3 61.4 59.2 55.5 49.7 46.1 44.6 38.2 33.0 300 136 [10] A4E
9  Turkey Pegasus Airlines 20.16 14.71 30.76 29.97 27.82 24.14 22.3 19.7 16.8 13.6 11.3 8.6 5.9 4.4 - 3.1 94 109 [11] [12] IATA
10  Russia S7 Airlines8 17.83 12.35 17.9 15.96 14.25 13.15 10.6 10.1 9.3 8.3 5.1 4.8 5.6 5.9 5.7 4.9 100 121 [13] oneworld IATA
11  Sweden
 Norway
 Denmark
 Ireland
SAS Group10 10.19 8.81 29.8 30.0 28.37 29.4 27.1 27.3 25.4 25.4 24.7 23.1 22.8 27.0 27.2 26.9 161 121 [14] [15] Star Alliance
12  Russia Ural Airlines 9.20 5.60 9.62 9.0 8.0 6.47 5.4 5.1 4.4 3.5 2.5 1.8 1.5 1.5 1.2 1.0 47 66 [16] n/a IATA
13  Greece
 Cyprus
Aegean Airlines12 7.19 5.17 14.99 13.97 13.22 12.46 11.6 10.2 8.8 8.9 9.9 10.1 10.2 11.3 11.1 10.1 67 153 [17] Star Alliance A4E
IATA
14  Russia UTair Aviation 7.12 4.90 8.09 7.65 7.3 6.65 8.8 11.2 10.4 7.8 5.8 5.2 3.9 3.2 2.9 2.4 66 117 [18] - IATA
15  Norway
 Sweden
Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA15 6.19 6.87 36.20 37.34 33.15 29.3 25.8 24.0 20.7 17.7 15.7 13.0 10.8 9.1 6.9 5.1 152 130 [19] A4E
16  Portugal TAP Air Portugal13 5.83 4.66 17.05 15.89 14.27 11.72 11.3 11.4 10.7 10.2 9.8 9.1 8.4 8.7 7.9 6.9 110 88 [20] Star Alliance A4E
IATA
17  Spain Volotea 3.8 7.6 6.57 4.82 4.3 1.8 1.4 - - - - - - 23 60 [21] A4E
18  Poland LOT Polish Airlines14 4.2 3.59 11.79 10.61 6.89 5.58 6.1 5.9 6.3 5.8 5.5 5.0 4.0 4.3 3.7 - 91 120 [22][23][24] Star Alliance AIRE
ERA
IATA
19  Spain Air Europa 3.13 11.84 10.6 10.6 10.2 8.1 9.0 8.1 8.7 8.9 9.0 9.7 9.9 8.1 59 42 44 [25] SkyTeam IATA
20  Russia Nordwind Airlines 5.93 2.94 5.54 4.92 3.55 1.79 2.67 4.47 3.66 2.17 1.72 1.19 - - - - 26 97 [26] n/a IATA
21  United Kingdom Jet2.com 2.85 14.39 12.09 9.64 6.67 5.85 6.0 5.5 4.8 4.2 3.3 3.1 3.4 3.9 2.8 90 50 [27] [28] A4E
22  United Kingdom TUI Airways16 2.02 11.82 33.7 - - - - - - - 133 - [29] [30] n/a A4E
23  Russia Azur Air 3.73 1.93 5.79 4.24 3.75 2.34 2.35 0.21 - - - - - - - - 27 [31]
24  Russia Smartavia 3.62 1.64 2.03 1.19 1.09 0.96 0.73 0.76 0.76 0.81 1.47 1.4 - - - - 15 67 [32] n/a IATA
25  Ukraine Ukraine International Airlines 3.2 1.8 7.96 8.08 6.93 6.0 4.8 3.8 4.5 2.8 1.9 1.7 0.8 1.7 0.3 - 42 80 [33] [34] - AIRE
IATA
26  Kazakhstan Air Astana 5.06 4.32 4.19 3.75 3.86 3.77 - - - - - - - - 34 69 [35] -
27  Russia Red Wings Airlines 3.00 1.54 3.07 2.62 1.62 0.92 1.04 0.92 0.35 0.82 0.78 0.88 - - - - 18 20 [36] n/a
28  United Kingdom Virgin Atlantic 1.17 5.60 5.4 5.20 5.20 5.94 6.2 5.5 5.4 5.3 5.3 5.7 5.7 5.1 4.6 40 37 [37] [38] - IATA
29  Belarus Belavia 4.00 3.39 3.0 2.49 - 1.6 1.3 1.0 - 0.7 - - - 29 48 [39] n/a IATA
ERA
30  Romania Blue Air 4.5 5.20 5.06 3.59 2.02 1.36 1.9 1.8 1.6 1.5 1.5 1.4 1.3 1.2 29 104 [40] [41] n/a IATA
ERA
31  Finland Finnair 2.85 3.48 14.65 13.28 11.90 10.87 10.2 9.6 9.3 8.8 8.0 7.1 7.4 8.3 8.7 8.8 73 103 [42] oneworld A4E
IATA
32  Czech Republic SmartWings Group 17 2.53 1.8 9.6 8.8 8.17 7.3 6.57 - - - - - - - - 57 ? [43][44] n/a
33  Latvia AirBaltic 1.6 1.36 5.05 4.14 3.52 2.89 2.6 2.8 2.9 3.1 3.4 3.2 2.8 - 2.0 1.4 32 60 [45] n/a A4E
34  Iceland Icelandair Group 18 4.41 4.14 4.05 3.67 3.0 2.9 2.6 2.4 1.8 1.7 1.8 1.5 1.6 1.5 28 36 [46] n/a A4E
35  Romania TAROM 3.3 2.80 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.2 2.1 2.2 2.2 2.2 1.7 2.0 1.9 1.5 25 50 [47][48] SkyTeam IATA
36  Serbia Air Serbia 2.81 2.48 2.61 2.62 2.55 2.3 - 1.3 1.2 1.0 1.0 1.3 1.3 1.2 22 41 [49][50][51] Etihad
Airways
Partners
IATA
37  Russia Azimuth 2.09 1.22 1.25 0.67 0.07 - - - - - - - - - - - 11 31 [52]
38  Russia Pegas Fly 1.72 0.76 2.16 2.02 1.38 0.99 1.08 1.24 0.28 - - - - - - - 10 29 [53] n/a
39  Russia Royal Flight 1.49 0.92 2.26 1.73 1.5 0.99 0.87 0.62 - - - - - - - - 11 13 [54] n/a
40  Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Airlines 1.89 2.29 - - - 1.4 1.0 - - - - 28 22 [55] n/a IATA
41  Russia Yamal Airlines 1.26 0.70 1.75 1.97 1.79 1.45 1.43 1.45 1.3 0.91 0.57 0.5 - - - - 36 38 [56] n/a
42  Malta Air Malta 1.7 1.5 - - 1.7 1.8 - - - - - 8 37 [57][58] n/a IATA
ERA
43  Ukraine SkyUp 1.25 1.71 0.44 - - - - - - - - - - - - 14 64 [59]
44  Ukraine Windrose 1.44 1.30 - - - - - - - - - - - - 12 19 [60]
45  Russia NordStar 1.16 0.88 1.28 1.42 1.4 1.29 1.13 1.1 1.24 1.16 0.77 0.54 - - - - 15 50 [61] n/a
46  Croatia Croatia Airlines 0.79 0.62 2.18 2.17 2.13 1.94 1.8 1.8 1.8 2.0 1.9 1.6 1.8 1.7 1.5 - 13 40 [62][63][64][65] Star Alliance AIRE
IATA
ERA
47  Bulgaria Bulgaria Air 0.54 1.40 1.27 1.24 1.25 1.27 1.40 - - - - - 1.20 1.12 - 10 26 [66] n/a IATA
48  Luxembourg Luxair 0.26 2.15 2.13 1.93 1.84 1.81 1.68 1.5 1.4 1.3 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.2 - 17 59 [67][68] n/a A4E
IATA
ERA
49  Greece Sky Express 1.20 1.00 0.50 0.17 - - - - - - - - - - 17 43 n/a ERA
50  Russia I-Fly 1.13 0.75 0.4 0.61 0.97 1.05 0.63 0.41 0.38 - - - - 10 30 [69] n/a
51  Poland Enter Air 1.12 1.17 1.11 1.17 - - - - - 1.2 - - - 19 74 n/a n/a
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Further reading[edit]

  • "Europe's Top 20 airline groups by passengers 2017; Lufthansa wrests top spot from Ryanair". CAPA Centre for Aviation. 21 January 2018.