Ryanair is Tops in Number of International Seats: A series of a new data sets prepared by the airline news and analysis site anna.aero shows that three quarters of the world’s largest international carriers registered increases for the peak travel season for 2017 (S17, which runs from the end of March to the end of October) over the same period for 2016. First, here is a table showing the year-on-year increases in international seat capacity of the Top 40 international air carriers.
Here is the key to the codes used to identify the airlines in the above table:
FR—Ryanair SK—Scandinavian Airlines
U2—easyJet SQ—Singapore Airlines
EK—Emirates VY—Vueling Airlines
LH—Lufthansa EY—Etihad Airways
TK—Turkish KE—Korean Air
BA—British Airways SV—Saudia
AA—American Airlines LX—Swiss Int’l. Airlines
QR—Qatar Airways MU—Chinas Eastern Airlines
AF—Air France TG—Thai Airlines
KL–KLM Royal Dutch Airlines OS—Austrian Airlines
UA—United Airlines CZ—China Southern Airlines
DL—Delta Air Lines CA—Air China
W6—Wizz Air OZ—Asiana
AC—Air Canada CM—COPA (Panama)
DX—Danish Air Transport TP—TAP Portugal
CX—Cathay BR—EVA Airways
Worldwide, the USA is the source of the greatest number of airline movements, with China ranking number two. However, most of the activity emanating from these two countries is for in-country travel. The number one and two carriers based on number of seats are: Ryanair and EasyJet—both budget carriers and both based in the UK. The measure is not altogether that accurate, as the majority of connections flown by the two carriers are regarded as short-haul, whereas the flights of the three legacy carriers based in the USA (American, Delta and United) are mostly long-haul.
Nonetheless, the table below show the major role now played in international air transportation by low-cost carriers.
And, finally …