Try our corporate solution for free!
(212) 419-8286
hadley.ward@statista.com

Leading airlines in Europe based on passenger numbers 2020

Despite a difficult year, Ryanair was the airline company that carried the most travelers in Europe in 2020. With a passenger traffic of only 51.7 million, the budget airline outperformed Germany's Lufthansa Group by more than 15 million passengers. EasyJet ranked second, with 50.8 million passengers.

Ryanair

Europe has many well-known airlines that constantly expand their flight destination offers and are popular among European and international travelers alike, boosting city and vacation travel in particular. While the Irish airline Ryanair was among Europe’s ten biggest polluters, it also launched the most new routes in 2018, overtaking other budget airlines such as easyJet and Wizz Air.

A difficult year in the aviation industry

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted the aviation industry hard, erasing two decades of global passenger traffic growth in only a couple of months. Government restrictions around the world led to a reduced number of people traveling by air, less flights being performed, and revenue losses for both airports and airlines. Although financial support for the entire industry has been provided, airlines are on the brink of bankruptcy, while some already ceased operations.

Leading airlines in Europe in 2020, based on number of passengers

Exclusive Premium statistic

You need a Single Account for unlimited access.

  • Full access to 1m statistics

  • Incl. source references

  • Available to download in PNG, PDF, XLS format

Single Account

$39 $59 per month *
in the first 12 months
33% discount until May 31st
*Duration: 12 months, billed annually, single license

Access to this and all other statistics on 80,000 topics from

$468 / Year
$708 / Year

Show detailed source information?
Register for free
Already a member?
Log in
Sources

Release date

April 2021

Region

Europe

Survey time period

2020

Supplementary notes

Data has been compiled by Statista using the following sources:
Monthly data for Ryanair has been added up and can be accessed here.
Monthly data for EasyJet has been added up and can be accessed here.
Data for Lufthansa can be accessed here.
Data for Air France-KLM can be accessed here.
Data for IAG can be accessed here.
Data for Aeroflot can be accessed here.
Data for Turkish Airlines can be accessed here.
Monthly data for Wizz Air has been added up and can be accessed here.
Data for Pegasus Airlines can be accessed here.
Data for S7 Airlines can be accessed here.
Data for SAS Group can be accessed here.
Data for Norwegian can be accessed here.

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $468 / Year
Basic Account
Get to know the platform

You only have access to basic statistics.
This statistic is not included in your account.

Single Account
The ideal entry-level account for individual users
  • Instant access to 1m statistics
  • Download in XLS, PDF & PNG format
  • Detailed references
$59 $39 / Month *
in the first 12 months
Corporate Account
Full access

Corporate solution including all features.

* Prices do not include sales tax.

Statistics on "EasyJet"

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $468 / Year
Learn more about how Statista can support your business.