Airport Technology lists the top ten airlines in Europe as measured by number of seats sold, based on GlobalData’s air transportation database.

1. easyJet

easyJet was the busiest airline in Europe having sold 58.5 million seats in 2020.

easyJet (easyJet) is a low-cost airline carrier. The company offers short-haul passenger airline services.

2. Ryanair

With 54.1 million seats sold in 2020, Ryanair was the second busiest airline in Europe.

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Ryanair(Ryanair) is a low-cost scheduled passenger airline company. It offers short-haul, point-to-point routes in Europe.

3. Deutsche Lufthansa

Deutsche Lufthansa was the third busiest airline in Europe having sold 39.5 million seats in 2020.

Deutsche Lufthansa (Lufthansa) is an aviation company that offers scheduled passenger and air freight transportation services. It offers logistics services through its own freighters, chartered cargo aircraft and belly capacities on passenger aircraft.

4. Air France-KLM

With 36.9 million seats sold in 2020, Air France-KLM was the fourth busiest airline in Europe.

Air France-KLM (Air France-KLM) is a global provider of air passenger and cargo transportation. It also carries out other business activities such as aeronautics maintenance, repair and overhauls (MRO) services, and other air-transport related activities, including catering and air transport services.

5. Turk Hava Yollari Anonim Ortakligi

Turk Hava Yollari Anonim Ortakligi was the fifth busiest airline in Europe having sold 31.4 million seats in 2020.

Turk Hava Yollari Anonim Ortakligi (Turkish Airlines) is a Turkey-based airline company, which is engaged in providing domestic and international passenger air transport and cargo services. Turkish Airlines also provides a range of technical and training services, and online services such as flight training, electronic ticketing, online check-in, schedule, cargo reservation and tariffs, catering, baggage tracking, lounges, car rentals, hotel booking, travel insurance, and departure-arrival data services.

6. Aeroflot

With 26.8 million seats sold in 2020, Aeroflot was the sixth busiest airline in Europe.

Aeroflot is a provider of air carrier services. It offers passenger and cargo air transportation services in domestic and international markets.

7. British Airways

British Airways was the seventh busiest airline in Europe having sold 15 million seats in 2020.

British Airways (BA), a subsidiary of International Consolidated Airlines Group S. A.

8. SAS

With 14.6 million seats sold in 2020, SAS was the eighth busiest airline in Europe.

SAS (SAS) offers air transport services for passengers and cargo. It provides airline services through its own traffic license aircraft and wet-lease partners.

9. Vueling Airlines

Vueling Airlines was the ninth busiest airline in Europe having sold 13.7 million seats in 2020.

Vueling Airlines (Vueling), a subsidiary of International Consolidated Airlines Group, S. A.

10. S7 Group

With 13 million seats sold in 2020, S7 Group was the tenth busiest airline in Europe.

Siberia Airlines (S7 Airlines), a member of the global aviation alliance one world, is an air carrier company. The company is involved in providing passenger and cargo air transportation services in the domestic and international markets.


This analysis is drawn from GlobalData’s Air Transportation Database, part of GlobalData’s Travel & Tourism Intelligence Centre.

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