Operating margin of the major airline groups worldwide 2018

TUI UK, the U.K.-based provider of scheduled and charter flights, reported an operating margin of 15.6 percent in 2018, the highest percentage reported of all the leading airline groups worldwide. The operating margin in any business reflects the profitability of a company, by dividing the operating income to the net sales during a time period.  


TUI Group - additional information

   TUI Airways, which specializes in charter and scheduled flights, carried over eleven million passengers in 2018 alone and had annual revenue of over 2.1 billion GBP in that year. The TUI Group itself had a 2018 revenue of over one billion euros, most of which came from travel experiences in its northern region.


Global tourism

   The tourism business is a conglomeration of travel agencies, airlines, hotels, cruises, and experiences. International tourism increased throughout the last decade, with Europe being the most popular destination. The industry saw an increase in revenue since 2013; a trend predicted to continue through 2023. Expedia is the leading travel agency worldwide and reported 99 billion U.S. dollars of sales in 2018.

Leading airline groups worldwide in 2018, by operating margin*

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Release date

July 2019



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Supplementary notes

* The source is limited to the 70 largest air carrier groups worldwide in 2018 by revenue. Values have been calcualted by statisting using the total revenue and operating result figures provided by the source, and are for the fiscal year ending December 2018, excluding Ryanair (fiscal year ends March 2018), Wizz Air (fiscal year ends March 2018) and Japan Airlines (fiscal year ends March 2018).
**IAG: British Airways, Iberia, Vueling, Aer Lingus

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