Lufthansa Regains Crown as Europe’s Largest Airline

By Paul Riegler on 13 January 2019
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Deutsche Lufthansa overtook Ryanair and Air France to become Europe’s largest airline by passenger numbers and revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, respectively.

The Lufthansa Group said it carried 130 million passengers last year on a consolidated basis. The news makes Ryanair the number two carrier by passenger figures. Ryanair reported 129 million for the year.

Meanwhile, Lufthansa reported a 9% year-over-year increase in revenue passenger miles, edging past Air France-KLM with 0.2% more RPMs for 2018.

Lufthansa’s alliance partner United Airlines regained the number two spot for 2018 as the world’s second largest airline after reporting 230.2 billion RPMs for 2018, while the previous number two holder, Delta, said it had 225.2 billion.

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