Note that airberlin has dropped out of the ranking, since it ceased operations in Oct-2017.
Flybe entered the top 20, with.3 million passengers (12 months to Sep-2017 which was an increase.9.
TAP Air Portugal 's growth.7 (the second highest rate in the top 20) pushed it into 15th place, from 18th in 2016.
Alitalia, which entered administration in May-2017, has not reported a 2017 figure, but.Among Lufthansa Group's network airlines, Austrian Airlines grew the fastest, with.8 increase.9 million passengers.The Spanish LCC Volotea does not report passenger figures, but grew seat numbers by 25 (source: shooting stars meme maker app OAG).LCCs and leisure groups gain significance; Alitalia the only top 20 group that is shrinking.Like for like, Eurowings grew.0.5 million, and Brussels Airlines.2.1 million.S7 Airlines Group remained in 16th, with an estimated 14 million passengers (up.2) and Aegean Airlines Group stayed 17th, with an estimated 13 million (growth of 4 in spite of a 4 cut in seat numbers).Ryanair is still Europe's biggest individual airline.OAG data show.4 drop museumjaarkaart kopen met korting 2017 in seat numbers.The tour operator, tUI Group does not publish its airline passenger numbers and so, it was not included in capa's top, but capa estimates that it carried of the order of 23 million, and it is now added to the 2017 list at number.Central Europe features strongly (but, virgin Atlantic is shrinking).
The highest growth among IAG airlines is likely to have been achieved by the LCC Vueling, estimated by capa at 8 (to an estimated 30 million passengers while British Airways remains the group's largest airline, with approximately 45 million passengers (growth of only.8).
Lufthansa remained the biggest brand, with.2 million passengers (up.1 while swiss carried.9 million (up.4).
Aeroflot itself grew by 13,.8 million passengers.
Ryanair could even reclaim the number one spot among airline groups in 2018. leads a chasing pack of groups outside the top 20, in which Eastern/.
However, Lufthansa Group's acquisition of parts of airberlin (if approved by regulators plus a possible acquisition of parts of Alitalia, could give it another year at the top).
Lufthansa Group overtook, ryanair as, europe 's leading airline group by pax in 2017, followed.The first time an LCC topped rankings.IAG has not reported the breakdown of its 2017 passenger numbers into its individual airlines, but capa estimates are shown in the graph below.Thomas Cook Group, the second tour operator now included in the list, carried.5 million airline passengers (year ended Sep-2017 ranking it 14th.Estimated 2017 traffic is almost 19 million passengers for Iberia, and 11 million for Aer Lingus.