Revenue of airlines worldwide 2003-2020

This statistic represents worldwide revenue generated by commercial airlines from 2003 through 2020. Globally, commercial airlines are expected to generate combined revenue of around 872 billion U.S. dollars in 2020.

Global commercial airlines revenue

In 2009, the commercial aviation industry entered a golden age. Between 2009 and 2017, revenue in the global aviation industry grew at a compound annual growth rate of around 5.9 percent, reaching 754 billion U.S. dollars in 2017. The sector’s improved financial performance is the result of a rising number of air cargo and passenger figures, which in turn are driven by a world that is increasingly becoming more and more affluent and interconnected.

The United States, Brazil, China and the European Union are ranked among the most important markets for air travel. The world’s busiest airports are Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (IATA: ATL), handling around 104 million passengers annually, and Hong Kong International Airport (IATA: HKG), where about 4.9 million tons of freight is loaded and unloaded per year. In terms of revenue, the leading airlines worldwide include American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Continental Holdings. The evolution of ancillary revenue streams and automated ticketing technologies, as well as the ongoing deregulation of civil aviation in many markets worldwide have given rise to the emergence of low-cost airlines. Ryanair - the Irish airline that may even be dubbed an ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) - and Southwest Airlines are the main players in the low-cost category, which is attracting a growing customer base. In this segment, many carriers have taken to charging their customers for ancillary services to boost revenue. Low-cost carriers are so successful that upstart airlines such as WOW Air, La Compagnie or Norwegian are trying to enter the market.

Revenue of commercial airlines worldwide from 2003 to 2020 (in billion U.S. dollars)*

Revenue in billion U.S. dollars
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
Exclusive Premium statistic

You need a Premium Account for unlimited access.

  • Full access to 1m statistics

  • Incl. source references

  • Available to download in PNG, PDF, XLS format

Premium Account

only $59 / month *
*Duration: 12 months, billed annually, single license

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

$708 / Year

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

Release date

December 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2003 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* 2019 figure is an estimate.
** 2020 figure is a forecast.
Figures prior to 2014 taken from previous reports.

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $708 / Year
Basic Account
Get to know the platform

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

Premium Account
Your perfect start with Statista
  • Instant access to 1m statistics
  • Download in XLS, PDF & PNG format
  • Detailed references

$59 / Month *

Corporate Account
Full access

Corporate solution including all features.

* All products require an annual contract.
   Prices do not include sales tax.

Statistics on "Airline alliances"

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $708 / Year
Learn more about how Statista can support your business.