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World’s Largest Airlines By Number Of Flights — Global & Regional Top 20

Once again, we're happy to provide the latest airline traffic figures and the essential ranking: The World's Largest Airlines by Number of Flights! Discover the global top list plus regional rankings.

As every month, we’re delighted to present the world’s largest airlines. Once again, we counted flights and put together the essential ranking. Here’s what’s contained:

Results Summary
Global Top 20 Airlines
EMEA Top 20 Airlines
North America Top 10 Airlines
Latin America Top 10 Airlines


U.S. Airlines remain the only carriers with 100,000+ flights
Similar to the last months, the four big U.S. airlines remain the only airlines that operate more than 100,000 flights. Moreover, American Airlines is on its way back to pre-COVID figures and the 200,000 barrier.

European Airlines Recover
Finally, and much later than the U.S. and Chinese airlines, Europe’s top airlines have started to recover and added more flights to their schedule. As a result, many European airlines recorded growth rates of >30% in July.

European Low-Cost Airlines are Top Gainers
The biggest European low-cost airlines (Ryanair, EasyJet, and Wizz Air) recorded the highest growth rates in July. EasyJet adds 126% of additional flights compared to June, whereas Ryanair grew by 59% and Wizz Air by 54%. Spanish Vueling Airlines completes the list with a growth of 55%

Asian & Australian Airlines with Reduced Traffic
Probably due to the Delta-Variant, some Asian and Australian airlines published massive traffic reductions. Qantas lost almost 30% of its traffic, Virgin Australia 31%, and Jetstar 26%.

World’s Largest Airlines By Number of Flights — Global Top 20

EasyJet, Lufthansa, and Shenzhen Airlines are back on the list of the world’s largest airlines by the number of flights. EasyJet directly enters the list at position 12, whereas Lufthansa ranks 17th and Shenzhen 19th. Due to its massive growth, Ryanair surpasses Air China and China Express and ranks 6th. Moreover, no changes in the top five: American Airlines remains the world’s largest airline by the number of flights, followed by Delta, United, Southwest, and China Eastern.

RankIATAAirlineFlights July ’21Change Prev. Month %
1 AAAmerican Airlines179,5823.5
2DLDelta Air Lines135,6294.3
3UAUnited Airlines126,12918.1
4WNSouthwest Airlines106,3255.6
5MUChina Eastern Airlines69,9349.3
7CAAir China43,71111.4
8G5China Express39,7730.7
9TKTurkish Airlines37,05341.6
10ASAlaska Airlines35,2284.0
16AFAir France25,00110.8
18ZHShenzhen Airlines23,29826.2
19HUHainan Airlines21,91027.6
20MFXiamen Airlines21,81410.3
World’s Largest Airlines By Number of Flights — July 2021

World’s Largest Airlines By Number of Flights — EMEA

Similar to the last month, Ryanair remains EMEA’s largest airline. Moreover, Ryanair is Europe’s only airline that operates more than 50,000 flights. Nevertheless, and as already mentioned, many European carriers recorded massive growth rates in July. As a result, British Airways and Alitalia are also back in the top 20. However, worth mentioning that the big gulf carriers (Except Qatar Airways) are still not part of EMEA’s top 20 largest airlines.

RankIATAAirlineFlights July ’21Change Prev. Month %
2TKTurkish Airlines37,05341.6
5AFAir France25,00110.8
7W6Wizz Air17,62454.0
9PCPegasus Airlines16,09834.0
11SVSaudi Arabian Airlines13,75912.2
13S7S7 Airlines13,2845.4
15QRQatar Airways11,37516.8
19BABritish Airways8,22222.5
World’s Largest Airlines By Number of Flights — EMEA – July 2021

World’s Largest Airlines By Number of Flights — Asia

Most Asian airlines saw a reduced growth in July — especially compared to previous months. China Eastern Airlines remains the largest airline. Again, worth mentioning that China Southern data is not available. Due to COVID and the Delta-Variant, many Australian airlines were forced to reduce their traffic.

RankIATAAirlineFlights July ’21Change Prev. Month %
1MUChina Eastern Airlines69,9349.3
2CAAir China43,71111.4
3G5China Express39,7730.7
5ZHShenzhen Airlines23,29826.2
6HUHainan Airlines21,91027.6
7MFXiamen Airlines21,81410.3
8NHAll Nippon Airways21,64710.4
9JLJapan Airlines17,14618.9
109CSpring Airlines15,36011.0
11NZAir New Zealand14,45017.0
12QFQantas Airways11,20929.2
13GSTianJin Airlines9,09311.8
17AIAir India6,39611.1
18JQJetstar Airways5,51426.6
19VAVirgin Australia5,34730.9
20JTLion Air4,86161.6
World’s Largest Airlines By Number of Flights — Asia – July 2021

World’s Largest Airlines By Number of Flights — North America

From a ranking point of view, North America looks almost identical to the last month’s ranking. However, based on a 58% growth rate, Air Canada is back in the list of North America’s largest airlines by the number of flights. However, overall, growth rates seem to slow down.

RankIATAAirlineFlights July ’21Change Prev. Month %
1AAAmerican Airlines179,5823.5
2DLDelta Air Lines135,6294.3
3UAUnited Airlines126,12918.1
4WNSouthwest Airlines106,3255.6
5ASAlaska Airlines35,2284.0
7NKSpirit Airlines21,58815.5
8F9Frontier Airlines14,4577.5
9G4Allegiant Air14,02312.0
10ACAir Canada13,63458.3
World’s Largest Airlines By Number of Flights — North America – July 2021


World’s Largest Airlines By Number of Flights — Latin America

RankIATAAirlineNo. Flights July ’21Change Prev. Month
2ADAzul airlines20,65519.9
8CMCopa Airlines6,37719.6
9VHViva Air Colombia3,4106.6
10ARAerolineas Argentinas2,89991.4
World’s Largest Airlines By Number of Flights — North America – July 2021

Used Data

The shown information is based on OAG data and internal data sources. Rankings only included airlines that operated more than 500 flights in the respective month. However, the global benchmark includes all tracked flights. On average, 200 airlines are included in each month’s analysis. Whenever stated, EMEA refers to airlines based in Europe, the Middle East, or Africa.

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