Europe’s Biggest Airlines By Flight Volume — September (Forecast) Edition

With the continuing impact of COVID-19, the ranking of Europe's biggest airlines changes every month. Today, we provide you with the latest ranking of Europe's biggest airlines by the number of flights in September.

Europe’s Biggest Airlines By Flight Volume — September Edition

The pandemic continues to shuffle the ranking of Europe’s biggest airlines. That’s why we —once again— looked at the number of flights and present the most up-to-date ranking of Europe’s biggest airlines. However, this time we took a different approach. Instead of analyzing the past month’s figures, we provide you with a forecast. We looked at September traffic so far and analyzed schedules. As a result, here’s the September forecast of airline flight volumes and the corresponding benchmark.

Europe’s Biggest Airlines — Rank 1-10

Summary
When looking at Europe’s top 10 biggest airlines, nothing has changed on positions 1-3. With more than 70,000 flights, Ryanair will remain Europe’s biggest airline in September. Moreover, the gap to other airlines’ flight volumes is significant. However, Ryanair won’t continue to grow in September but maintain its current volume. Turkish Airlines and easyJet slightly reduce their volume but will remain on positions two and three.

For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, Lufthansa ranks fourth among Europe’s biggest airlines. In September, the German flag carrier will —most likely— operate 400-500 flights more than Aeroflot. Air France will see a significant flight volume reduction. As a result, Wizz Air will surpass the French carrier.

Ranking
Here’s the complete ranking:

IATAAirlineForecasted Flight Volume
FRRyanair70,100
TKTurkish Airlines40,500
U2easyJet34,300
LHLufthansa26,100
SUAeroflot25,700
W6Wizz Air22,600
AFAir France19,500
VYVueling17,400
KLKLM16,800
PCPegasus Airlines15,700
Europe’s Biggest Airlines — Rank 1-10

Europe’s Biggest Airlines — Rank 11-20

Summary
On positions 11-20, we will find many flag carriers. In that context, British Airways will be one of the big gainers in September. Unlike many other European airlines, British Airways adds many flights to its schedule in September. Therefore, BA will operate more than 14,000 flights for the first time since the beginning. Moreover, if British Airways continues on its growth path, it is likely to see them among Europe’s top 10 biggest airlines in October.

Besides British Airways, we have Sweden’s, Spain’s, Italy’s, Austria’s, Switzerland’s, and Portugal’s flag carrier on the list. With S7 Airlines and Pobeda two additional Russian airlines rank among Europe’s top 20 biggest airlines. Therefore, Russia is the only country with three airlines in the top 20.

Ranking
Here’s the complete ranking:

IATAAirlineForecasted Flight Volume
BABritish Airways14,500
SKSAS Scandinavian Airlines13,700
IBIberia13,600
S7S7 Airlines12,900
EWEurowings11,300
DPPobeda8,300
AZAlitalia8,200
OSAustrian Airlines7,700
LXSwiss Air Lines7,600
TPTAP Air Portugal7,000
Europe’s Biggest Airlines — Rank 11-20

Data Source

The shown ranking and contained data are based on the latest FlightFacts data. FlightFacts is a free-to-use mobile app that lets you discover the operational performance of airlines in real-time. For more information about FlightFacts click here or visit our download page. FlightsFacts is available for Android and Apple mobiles.

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