Delta, Southwest, China Southern Airlines Top 3 Airlines in Passenger Traffic in 2013

By Karin Sun on 15 August 2014
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A Delta plane taking off from LaGuardia

A Delta plane taking off from LaGuardia

Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, and China Southern Airlines were the top three airlines in the world based on the number of scheduled passengers carried, according to statistics published by the International Air Transport Association.

Delta carried a total of 120.6 million passengers, the highest in 2013, while Southwest ranked second with 115.3 million passengers and China Southern Airlines ranked third with 91.5 million passengers. Rounding out the top five are United Airlines, which ranked fourth with a total of 90.2 million passengers, and American Airlines, which came in fifth with 86.8 million passengers.

American Airlines would have ranked at the top of the list for passengers carried worldwide with a total of 143.508 million passengers if its US Airways subsidiary had been taken into consideration, but American only merged with US Airways in December 2013. Independently, US Airways carried 56.708 million passengers and was ranked tenth overall.

Total worldwide passengers carried in 2013 was 3.129 billion passengers, a year-over-year increase of 5.1%. The Asia-Pacific region saw the highest volume for the year, with a total of 1.012 billion passengers, an increase of 9.3% from the previous year. The European and North American markets saw the second and third highest volume of passengers carried, respectively, with figures rising 3.4% to 825.9 million passengers in Europe and by 0.7% to 818.9 million in North America.

The United States had the highest number of passengers carried for any single country in the world, with 618.1 million passengers in 2013, a year-over-year increase of 3.3% from 2012.

Star Alliance maintained its top rank as the largest airline alliance in the world in 2013, carrying 26.6% of total passenger traffic, as measured in revenue passenger kilometers, with SkyTeam in second place with 20.1% and oneworld in third with 15.4%.

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