Airline Corona Recovery Monitor

The latest performance assessment of 50 leading airlines.

This page brings you the latest operations performance facts about Lufthansa. The data shown below reflects Lufthansa's previous month’s performance. If you want to discover Lufthansa's performance in real-time you should download the FlightFacts app.

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Flights

We compared the flight volume of 50 leading airlines in September 2021 to their volume in September 2019. As a result, overall, the volume in 2021 reached 76% of the 2019 level. While in 2019, the selected airlines operated 1.6 mil. flights, the volume in 2021 was 1.2 mil.

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Overall Average

The above-shown number reflects a comparison of the entire flight volume. However, we also compared every single airline's volume from September 2021 to 2019. When we calculate the average across all airlines, the result is considerably lower than the flight volume. In fact, on average, airlines have recovered only 68% to their pre-COVID level.

So what's the reason behind this big discrepancy. The answer is pretty simple. In September, it was again the U.S. airlines that showed the best recovery. Since the volume of the U.S. carriers is very high compared to other world regions, they heavily influence a flight volume comparison.

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North America Recovery

Across all analyzed world regions, it is North America that has recovered best. In September, analyzed North American Airlines operated already 82% of the volume they had operated in September 2019. The figure gets even more impressive when looking at the absolute numbers: Six North American airlines operated 565,000 flights in September. Although this is 110,000 shy of the pre-COVID volume, it exceeds the volume of 28 European airlines (including all major carriers) by 150,000.

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Middle East Recovery

The Middle East seems to be the region that still suffers most from COVID-19. Compared to September 2019, Middle East airlines operated only 60% of the volume. Especially the big players, such as Emirates, Qatar, or Etihad, are still far beyond their pre-pandemic levels.

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Europe Recovery

Similar to the Middle East, Europe continued to suffer heavily from the pandemic in September. On average, European airlines operated only 66% of the pre-pandemic flight volume. Nevertheless, it seems that low-cost airlines absorbed the situation much better. Carriers, such as Ryanair, Wizz Air, or Vueling, are already back to above 80% or even 90%. Legacy carriers, such as Air France or Lufthansa, have only recovered to 50%-60%.

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Asia Recovery

Asian airlines were the first to recover at the beginning of 2021. At that time, Asian airlines and airports outperformed the rest of the world by volume easily. However, it seems like recovery got slightly stuck. As a result, Asian carriers operated almost 75% of their pre-COVID flight volume in September. The result —still— is much better than European and Middle East airlines. Moreover, especially the big players, such as China. Eastern Airlines or Air China are almost back to pre-COVID level.

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Tops & Flops

The list below shows the top 10 airlines that according to their COVID recovery level. On the other side, the table shows the airlines farthest away from their pre-COVID flight volume.

Top Recovered Airlines

AirlineCountryRecovery Level
PobedaRussia 142%
Wideroe Norway99%
RyanairIreland94%
Air ChinaChina 92%
S7 AirlinesRussia92%
Wizz AirHungary92%
Pegasus Airlines Turkey 91%
Southwest Airlines United States89%
China Eastern AirlinesChina 86%
Alaska Airlines United States 85%

Flop Recovered Airlines

AirlineCountryRecovery Level
Aer LingusIreland 30%
FinnairFinland36%
EtihadUnited Arab Emirates39%
Kuwait AirwaysKuwait 43%
British AirwaysUnited Kingdom44%
Air EuropaSpain45%
EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates 45%
SAS Scandinavian AirlinesSweden46%
EurowingsGermany 49%
Air IndiaIndia 49%

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Data Source: The shown data is based on the latest FlightFacts data. FlightFacts is a free-to-use mobile app that lets you discover the operational performance of airlines and airports in real-time. For more information about FlightFacts, click here or visit our download page. FlightsFacts is available for Android and Apple mobiles and is used by more than 10,000 aviation employees and enthusiasts worldwide!

Included Airlines: Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Air Arabia, Air China, Air Europa, Air France, Air India, Air Serbia, Alaska Airlines, Alitalia, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Delta Airlines, easyJet, Emirates, Etihad, Eurowings, Finnair, flyDubai, flynas, GoAir, Gulf Air, Hainan Airlines, Iberia, IndiGo, JetBlue Airways, KLM, Kuwait Airways, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Oman Air, Pegasus Airlines, Pobeda, Qatar Airways, Ryanair, S7 Airlines, SAS – Scandinavian Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Southwest Airlines, SpiceJet, Swiss, TAP Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Vueling, Wideroe, Wizz Air