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World's Top Airlines, the heavyweights of the airline industry.
Below is a sortable list of the world's largest airlines ranked by the amount of passengers.
Ranked are airlines with more than 10 million passengers annually.
Leading on top, three of the biggest US airlines: Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, and American Airlines.

For more information about the airline companies click on the link to connect to the official site of an airline.
More information about the hub airports and their location you can find under the headquarter links.

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Figures are of 2009
.
 
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The World's biggest Airlines

Airline Passengers
(in million)
2009
Passengers
(in million)
2010
  Main Hub
IATA code
Headquarter/ City Country

Africa/Middle East
          
Emirates Airline 27,45431,422   Dubai International AirportDubai
United Arab Emirates
Qatar Airways  10,21212,392   Doha International AirportDoha
Qatar
Saudi Arabian Airlines 18,33418,172   Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Jeddah
Saudi Arabia

Asia/Pacific
          
AirAsia 14,25316,055   Kuala Lumpur International AirportKuala Lumpur
Malaysia
Air China 39,84146,241   Beijing Capital International AirportBeijing
China
Air New Zealand Group 12,36812,324   Auckland AirportAuckland
New Zealand
ANA - All Nippon Airways 44,56245,743   Narita International Airport (IATA code: NRT)Tokyo
Japan
Asiana Airlines 12,37213,944   Incheon International AirportSeoul
South Korea
Cathay Pacific 24,55826,796   Hong Kong International AirportHong Kong
China
Cebu Pacific Air     10,460   Ninoy Aquino International Airport Manila
Philippines
China Airlines 10,02411,326   Taiwan Taoyuan International Taipei
Taiwan
China Eastern Airlines 44,04364,878   Shanghai Hongqiao International AirportShanghai
China
China Southern Airlines 66,27976,455   Guangzhou Baiyun International AirportGuangzhou
China
Garuda Indonesia 11,20612,775   Soekarno-Hatta International AirportJakarta
Indonesia
Hainan Group 17,87918,626   Haikou Meilan International AirportHaikou, Hainan
China
JAL Group(Japan Airlines) 47,95234,795   Narita International Airport and
Tokyo International Airport
Tokyo
Japan
Jet Airways 12,03914,667   Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Mumbai
India
Jetstar 10,23312,277   Melbourne AirportMelbourne
Australia
Kingfisher Airlines 11,06012,012   Bengaluru International AirportBangalore
India
Korean Air 20,41022,926   Incheon International AirportSeoul
South Korea
Lion Air 13,37720,500   Soekarno-Hatta International AirportJakarta
Indonesia
Malaysia Airlines 11,94713,112   Kuala Lumpur International AirportKuala Lumpur
Malaysia
Qantas 23,62222,540   Sydney AirportSydney
Australia
Shenzhen Airlines 15,10917,568   Shenzhen Bao'an International AirportShenzhen
China
Singapore Airlines 16,48016,647   Singapore Changi AirportSingapore
Singapore
Thai Airways International 18,47718,165   Suvarnabhumi AirportBangkok
Thailand
Vietnam Airlines     12,300   Noi Bai International Airport
Tan Son Nhat International Airport
Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam
Virgin Blue Airlines 18,25119,009   Brisbane AirportBrisbane
Australia

Europe
          
Aer Lingus 10,3829,346   Belfast InternationalBelfast
United Kingdom
Aeroflot Russian Airlines     11,286   Sheremetyevo International Airport Moscow
Russia
Air Berlin Group 27,911 33,593   Berlin-Tegel AirportBerlin
Germany
Air France KLM 71,39471,320   Paris-Charles de Gaulle AirportParis
France
Alitalia 21,728 23,355   Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino AirportRome
Italy
Austrian Airlines Group 9,945 10,895   Vienna International AirportVienna
Austria
British Airways 31,825 24,088   London Heathrow Airport. London
United Kingdom
easyJet 45,164 48,800   London Luton AirportLondon
United Kingdom
Iberia Group
merged with British Airways to form International Airlines Group
 25,560 ---       Madrid-Barajas Airport
Barcelona El Prat Airport
Madrid
Barcelona
Spain
International Airlines Group IAG                
Lufthansa 55,58958,916   Flughafen Frankfurt am MainFrankfurt
Germany
Norwegian Air Shuttle
trading as Norwegian
 10,75413,029   Oslo Airport, Copenhagen, Stockholm-Arlanda, Helsinki-Vantaa 
Norway
Ryanair 66,50072,100   Dublin AirportDublin
Ireland
SAS Scandinavian Airlines 21,38321,532   Copenhagen Airport
Stockholm-Arlanda Airport
Oslo Airport
CopenhagenStockholm
Oslo


Denmark
Sweden
Norway
Swiss 13,78414,132   Zurich AirportZurich
Switzerland
Thomson Airways 11,23910,965   London Luton AirportLondon
United Kingdom
Turkish Airlines (THY) 25,09929,099   Atatürk International AirportIstanbul
Turkey
Vueling Airlines     11,036   Barcelona El Prat Airport Barcelona
Spain

Latin America/ Caribbean
          
Avianca 10,15711,663   El Dorado International AirportBogotá
Colombia
AviancaTaca     17,420   El Dorado International Airport

Comalapa International Airport
Bogotá

San Salvador


Colombia

El Salvador
Gol Linhas Aereas 28,385 32,122   Congonhas Airport - CGHSão Paulo
Brazil
LAN Airlines 15,40617,293   Santiago International Airport - SCLSantiago
Chile
TAM Linhas Aereas 28,957 34,553   Guarulhos International AirportSão Paulo
Brazil

North America
          
Air Canada 22,20623,615   Toronto Pearson International Airport, Montreal, Quebec
Canada
AirTran Airways 23,99824,721   Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International AirportAtlanta
USA
Alaska Airlines 15,561 16,514   Seattle–Tacoma International Airport, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport,
Portland International Airport
Seattle
Anchorage
Portland
USA
American Airlines 85,719 86,204   Dallas-Fort Worth International AirportDallas
Fort Worth
USA
American Eagle Airlinesregional affiliate of American Airlines, (AA)
    16,246   Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Dallas
Fort Worth
USA
Atlantic Southeast Airlines 13,17013,931   Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International AirportAtlanta
USA
Continental Airlines
merged with United Airlines in 2010 to United Continental
 45,573---       George Bush Intercontinental Airport Houston
USA
Delta Air Lines 161,047162,615   Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International AirportAtlanta
USA
ExpressJet Airlines 13,39516,442   LA/Ontario International Airport Los Angeles/
Ontario
USA
Frontier Airlines 10,2619,242   Denver International AirportIndianapolis
USA
JetBlue Airways 22,45024,254   John F. Kennedy International AirportNew York
USA
Mesa Airlines 10,9639,042   Phoenix Sky Harbor International AirportPhoenix
USA
Pinnacle Airlines 10,77110,537   Memphis International AirportMemphis
USA
SkyWest Airlines 21,24624,218   Hartsfield-Jackson International AirportSt. George
USA
Southwest Airlines 101,430106,307   (Point-to-point transit)Dallas
USA
United Airlines
merged with Continental to form United Continental trading as United
 56,08399,452   O'Hare International Airport
George Bush Intercontinental Airport
Chicago

Houston
USA
US Airways 51,01651,853   Phoenix Sky Harbor International AirportPhoenix
USA
WestJet 14,03915,174   Calgary International AirportCalgary
Canada
 
Source: Air Transport World--World Airline Report 2010 and 2011, ATWOnline
 
  
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