Middle East airlines are —still— heavily impacted by Corona. As a result, the ranking of the Middle East’s biggest airlines continues to be different compared to pre-COVID. Today, we provide you with the latest ranking of Middle East’s biggest airlines by the number of flights in September.

Middle East's Biggest Airlines by Flight Volume — September Edition

Middle East’s Biggest Airlines by Flight Volume — September Edition

The pandemic continues to shuffle the ranking of the Middle East’s biggest airlines. That’s why we —once again— looked at the number of flights and present the most up-to-date ranking of the Middle East’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.

Middle East’s Biggest Airlines

Summary & Highlights

Qatar Airways Remains Middle East’s Biggest Airline
Similar to the previous ranking, Qatar Airways remains the biggest airline in the Middle East. Based on current forecasts, Qatar Airways is likely to operate 14,000 flights in September. Accordingly, QR will operate roughly 500 flights more than Saudi on the second rank.

Four Airlines from the United Arab Emirates
The UAE continues to be an essential aviation market in the Middle East. Accordingly, the country adds four airlines to the ranking — more than any other country. However, the flight volume of Emirates, Flydubai, Air Arabia, and Etihad is still far away from pre-COVID figures.

Emirates Will —Again— Operate less than 10,000 Flights
Due to its business model, Emirates has been hit massively by the pandemic. As a result, Emirates’ flight volume will continue to be far away from pre-COVID figures. Moreover, Emirates will again operate less than 10,000 flights.

RankIATAAirlineCountryForecast Flight Volume
1QRQatar Airways14,000
2SVSaudi Arabian Airlines13,500
3EKEmirates8,900
4FZFlydubai4,600
5XYFlynas3,900
6G9Air Arabia3,800
7EYEtihad3,400
8GFGulf Air2,400
9KUKuwait Airways1,500
10WYOman Air1,300
Middle East’s Biggest Airlines by Flight Volume — September Edition

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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