Leading airlines in Europe 2017, by passenger number

The Lufthansa Group, which owns Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Swiss and Eurowings, was the leading European airline in terms of passenger numbers. Next in line were Ryanair and IAG, owning British Airways, Iberia, Vueling, Aer Lingus, LEVEL.

Flying in Europe

The Lufthansa Group passed with flying colors in the revenue race, ahead of Air France KLM and the International Airlines Group. Meanwhile, thus far Europe’s most punctual regional airline, ranked by on-time arrival performance, was the Greek Olympic Air. Contrary to popular opinion about German airlines, Eurowings was at the bottom of the list, though still with an impressive 82.8 percent share of punctual flights.


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.

Leading airlines in Europe 2017, by number of passengers

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February 2018



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