Largest Airlines

The Top 20 World's biggest Airlines by Passengers carried

10. Turkish Airlines (Turkey) – 66.4 million passengers carried

Turkish Airlines
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Turkish Airlines is the national flag carrier airline of Turkey. As of 2018, it operates scheduled services to 304 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, making it the largest carrier in the world by number of passenger destinations (excluding regional brands). It serves more destinations non-stop from a single airport than any other airline in the world. Turkish Airlines flies to 122 countries, more than any other airline. With an operational fleet of 20 cargo aircraft, the airline’s cargo division serves 82 destinations.

9. LATAM Airlines Group (Chile) – 67.0 million passengers carried

LATAM Airlines Group
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LATAM Airlines Group is a Chilean airline holding company incorporated under Chilean law and headquartered in Santiago, Chile. It is considered the largest airline in Latin America with subsidiaries in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Peru.

8. EasyJet (United Kingdom) – 77.3 million passengers carried

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EasyJet Airline, is a British low-cost airline headquartered at London Luton Airport. It operates domestic and international scheduled services on over 1,000 routes in more than 30 countries. It employs nearly 11,000 people, based throughout Europe but mainly in the UK.

7. China Eastern Airlines (China) – 87.7 million passengers carried

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China Eastern Airlines is an airline headquartered in the China Eastern Airlines Building, on the grounds of Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport in Changning District, Shanghai. It is a major Chinese airline operating international, domestic and regional routes. Its main hubs are at Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.

6. China Southern Airlines (China) – 92.0 million passengers carried

China Southern Airlines
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China Southern Airlines Company Limited is an airline headquartered in Baiyun District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China. Established on 1 July 1988 following the restructuring of the CAAC Airlines that acquired and merged a number of domestic airlines, the airline became one of China’s “Big Three” airlines (alongside Air China and China Eastern Airlines).

5. United Airlines (USA) – 107.3 million passengers carried

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United Airlines, commonly referred to as just United, is a major American airline headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. United operates a large domestic and international route network, with an extensive presence in the Asia-Pacific region. United is a founding member of the Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline alliance with a total of 28 member airlines. Regional service is operated by independent carriers under the brand name United Express. 

4. Ryanair (Ireland) – 128.9 million passengers carried

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Ryanair is an Irish low-cost airline founded in 1984, headquartered in Swords, Dublin, Ireland, with its primary operational bases at Dublin and London Stansted airports. It forms the largest part of the Ryanair Holdings family of airlines, and has Ryanair UK, Ryanair Sun and Lauda as sister airlines. In 2016, Ryanair was the largest European budget airline by scheduled passengers flown, and carried more international passengers than any other airline.