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Published on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Ryanair confirmed as world's largest international airline



Delta is the world's largest airline in terms of passenger numbers, but Ryanair carries more passengers on international routes than any other.


Latest data released by IATA revealed that Ryanair carried 86.3 million international passengers last year, making it the world's largest international airline, well ahead of easyJet in second place with 56.3 million.


British Airways lagged well behind in fifth place with 35.3 million, after Lufthansa with 48.2m and Emirates with 47.2m.


Delta Air Lines carried more than 129 million passengers on domestic and international routes, making it by far the largest airline overall.


In terms of international and domestic passengers carried, Ryanair was the sixth largest in the world and easyJet the eighth biggest. Aside from Lufthansa, they were the only two non-US or Chinese airlines to feature in the top 10.


Total (International + Domestic)



Rank 


Airline

Thousands



1


Delta Air Lines

129,433



2


Southwest Airlines

129,087



3


China Southern Airlines

100,683



4


United Airlines

90,439



5


American Airlines

87,830



6


Ryanair 

86,370



7


China Eastern Airlines 

66,174



8


easyJet

62,309



9


Lufthansa

59,850



10


Air China

54,577



 


International


Rank 


Airline


     Thousands


1


Ryanair


86,370


2


easyJet


56,312


3


Lufthansa


48,244


4


Emirates


47,278


5


British Airways


35,364


6


Air France


31,682


7


Turkish Airlines


31,016


8


KLM


27,740


9


United Airlines


25,708


10


Delta Air Lines


    24,243


 


Domestic


Rank 


Airline


Thousands


1


Southwest Airlines


129,087


2


Delta Air Lines


105,190


3


China Southern Airlines


91,729


4


American Airlines


67,761


5


United Airlines


64,731


6


China Eastern Airlines 


57,986


7


US Airways


48,043


8


Air China


46,466


9


All Nippon Airways


39,277


10


Gol Airlines


36,311


 

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