Chinese carriers are gaining: Although the global pandemic that was triggered by the coronavirus found in China dealt a crippling blow to the worldwide airline industry, it did not hurt the position of the Chinese carriers that now power much of the international travel marketplace and, in the process, making China the number one source market for long-haul tourism. In fact, as the airline network news and analysis group—it is better known simply as anna•aero—has pointed out in its research on the subject that four Chinese carriers are now among the Top Ten international airlines this winter based on OAG data. (Rank is determined by number of seats.)
In fact, China Southern is Number 3 among major airlines, crowding out United and Southwest versus last winter. There are now seven Chinese carriers among the Top 20 international airlines, according to anna•aero. Be sure to check the key below the table.