Leading airlines worldwide in December 2014, based on revenue passenger kilometers (in millions)

This statistic depicts the leading airlines worldwide in December 2014, based on revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs). The ranking was dominated by U.S.-based airlines: American topped the list, with around 29 million RPKs in December 2014.

Air passengers

The rising middle classes in emerging economies are expected to help global air traffic grow at an annual rate of four percent from 2013 to 2023. Such emerging regions, particularly Latin America and China, are on the cusp of becoming key markets for the aviation industry. In 2012, Chinese tourists spent a staggering 102 billion US dollars during their holidays outside their home country. With the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Summer Games coming to Brazil, Latin America is bracing itself for an enormous influx of international visitors. Many airports, including Brazil’s largest airport São Paulo/Guarulhos International Airport (IATA: GRU), are undergoing major expansions and optimizations in order to serve the millions of visitors that are expected to converge on Brazil for these two sporting events.

The positive trends in the aviation industry are further underpinned by the ongoing globalization of the world’s economies. Passenger demand is fuelled by tourists and businesspeople alike, and airlines around the world are keen to improve service quality and customer satisfaction. In 2012, the rate of mishandled bags per 1,000 passengers dropped to 8.83 in 2012, down from 8.99 in 2011. Furthermore, the number of passengers who are bumped from oversold flights is on the decline. In the United States, 0.09 percent of passengers were denied boarding in 2012, while some 0.15 percent of passengers were not allowed on the flight - despite holding confirmed reservations - in 1993.

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 Number of passengers carried in millions
American 29.1
United 27.2
Delta 25.9
Emirates* 19.3
Air France/KLM 18.4
IAG* 15.9
Southwest 14.8
Lufthansa* 14.6
China Southern 14.3
Air China 12.8
China Eastern 10.2
Cathay Pacific* 9.9
Singapore Airlines Group 9
Turkish Airlines 8.6
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