The world’s top 15 airlines in 2020

The top airlines accounted for 58.0% of the world’s total revenue per passenger kilometer (RPK) in June 2020 and decreased 77.7% year-on-year in that indicator, according to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

This decrease was 8.8 percentage points lower than the world average in scheduled services, with the traffic contraction of all airlines in the Top 15.

The ranking of the 15 top airlines continued to be distorted due to the different pace of recovery by region and country, although the same airlines that were on the list in May remain.

Chinese airlines dominated the table supported by the strong recovery of domestic traffic in the country.

China Southern, Air China and China Eastern remained in the Top 3 with a fall in traffic ranging between 53 and 65% year-on-year.

Hainan Airlines, Spring Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Shandong Airlines, and Junyao Airlines ranked similar to the previous month at 5, 9, 11, 12, and 13, respectively.

Top airlines

Spring Airlines has recorded the fastest improvement with traffic recovering to 73.7% from the 2019 level.

Among the major US airlines, American and Southwest recovered slightly faster, although the improvements were still modest, ranking fourth and sixth, respectively.

While the level of traffic for Delta and United was relatively unchanged compared to May. Alaska Airlines maintained the 15th position.

The performance of airlines in Europe remained subdued. Aeroflot posted a faster recovery due to the resumption of domestic flights and ranked eighth.

AF-KLM fell even further, to 14th place, with marginal improvements.


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