The Largest Airlines in the World, By Passenger Count

The Largest Airlines in the World, By Passenger Count

Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair and Dallas, Texas-based Southwest Airlines carried the most international and domestic passengers respectively in 2015, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). IATA's 60th annual World Air Transport Statistics (WATS) guide -- on the largest airlines in the world -- covers areas including:

  • Demand for air transport: traffic operations, performance of major route areas, passenger and freight forecasts, world airport rankings;
  • Supply of air transport: capacity in terms of number of seats, number of scheduled flights by aircraft type;
  • Performance of the airline industry: safety statistics, financial results, fuel performance; and
  • A compilation of statistics on the top 100 airlines and alliances.

Keterangan Gambar (© Pemilik Gambar)

Among the world’s largest domestic markets, India had the fastest domestic passenger growth in 2015. With annual growth of 18.8 percent (in a market of 80 million domestic passengers), India’s performance surpassed that of Russia (11.9 percent growth, in a market of 47 million domestic passengers), China (9.7 percent growth, in a market of 394 million domestic passengers) and the United States (5.4 percent growth, in a market of 708 million domestic passengers).

SpiceJet, Indian LCC |
SpiceJet, Indian LCC |


“Last year airlines safely carried 3.6 billion passengers—the equivalent of 48% of the Earth’s population—and transported 52.2 million tonnes of cargo worth around $6 trillion.

 In doing so, we supported some $2.7 trillion in economic activity and 63 million jobs,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO in a statement.
Jakarta Airport T3 | Indtravel
Jakarta Airport T3 | Indtravel

System-wide, airlines carried 3.6 billion passengers on scheduled services in 2015, an increase of 7.2 percent over 2014, representing an additional 240 million air trips.

Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region once again carried the largest number of passengers.

American Airlines | Skift
American Airlines | Skift


The top five airlines ranked by total scheduled passengers carried (domestic and international) were:

1. American Airlines (146.5 million) 

2. Southwest Airlines (144.6 million) 

3. Delta Air Lines (138.8 million)

4. China Southern Airlines (109.3 million)

5. Ryanair (101.4 million) 


China Airlines, Taiwan |
China Airlines, Taiwan |


The top five international/regional passenger airport-pairs were all within the Asia-Pacific region:

1. Hong Kong-Taipei (5.1 million, up 2.1% from 2014)

2. Jakarta-Singapore (3.4 million, down 2.6%)

3. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi-Hong Kong (3 million, increase of 29.2%)

4. Kuala Lumpur–Singapore (2.7 million, up 13%)

5. Hong Kong-Singapore (2.7 million, down 3.2%)

Jeju Int'l Airport | VisitKorea
Jeju Int'l Airport | VisitKorea

The top five domestic passenger airport-pairs were also all in the Asia-Pacific region:

1. Jeju-Seoul Gimpo (11.1 million, up 7.1% over 2014)

2. Sapporo-Tokyo Haneda (7.8 million, up 1.3%)

3. Fukuoka-Tokyo Haneda (7.6 million, a decrease of 7.4% from 2014)

4. Melbourne Tullamarine-Sydney (7.2 million, down 2.2%)

5. Beijing Capital-Shanghai Hongqiao (6.1 million,  up 6.1% from 2014)

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Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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