Europe's aviation industry by numbers - the latest trends and data

Routesonline's latest analysis of the European aviation industry, examining the top routes, airlines, airports and aircraft that are leading the market.

Routesonline analyses the European aviation industry, taking a monthly look at the top routes served and revealing the airlines that are dominating the market. We also rank the top ten airports by available seat capacity and examine the most common aircraft used. 

The latest figures for July 2017 found London Heathrow (LHR) to Dubai International (DXB) was the route with the most capacity, toppling June's leader. Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Izmir Adnan Menderes (ADB) was the number one domestic route, while Ryanair maintained its position as the number one carrier for available capacity. 

All data provided by OAG

Top European airline routes

London Heathrow (LHR) to Dubai International (DXB) ranked as the number one route for capacity during July 2017 with 327,046 available seats, growing 6.9 percent month-on-month compared with June. Barcelona (BCN) to Madrid (MAD) made the top five, but capacity fell by almost 29 per cent compared with the previous month.

Euro top routes July

Top European airlines

Ryanair's capacity increased by 4.8 percent in July 2017, compared with June, to 12,776,400 available seats. The Irish carrier's overall market share during the month was 9.86 percent, down slightly from 9.99 percent in June 2017. Turkish Airlines was the big climber in the top ten, with a capacity rise of 13.6 percent to 7,213,851 available seats. 

Top European airports

Istanbul Ataturk (IST) recorded the largest monthly growth of total available seats during July 2017, rising by 10.3 percent to 3,799,957 compared with June. London Heathrow (LHR) retained its dominance at the top of the table.

Most-used aircraft

Airbus' A320 family and Boeing 737 unsurprisingly dominated the aircraft used in Europe during July 2017.


The full European aviation industry data

Top routes (July 2017):

Rank

(vs June 17)

 Route

Capacity

(available seats)

% change 
(June vs July 17)
1 (4) London Heathrow (LHR) - Dubai International (DXB) 327046 6.9%
2 (2) Istanbul Ataturk (IST) - Izmir Adnan Menderes (ADB) 326326 2.9%
3 (3) London Heathrow (LHR) - New York J F Kennedy (JFK) 316653 3.0%
4 (1) Barcelona (BCN) - Madrid Adolfo Suarez-Barajas (MAD) 286832 -28.7%
5 (8) Istanbul Ataturk (IST) - Antalya (AYT) 256958 7.3%
6 (8) Moscow Domodedovo (BME) - Simferopol (SIP) 245206 -4.2%
7 (NE) Barcelona (BCN) - Palma de Mallorca (MI) 234900 4.7%
8 (NE) Izmir Adnan Menderes (ADB) - Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) 228120 1.4%
9 (NE) Munich International (MUC) - Berlin Tegel (TXL) 225334 2.9%
10 (NE) Rome Fiumicino (FCO) - Catania (CTA) 224700 4.7%

Top airlines (July 2017):

Rank Carrier June 17 capacity July 17 capacity % change
1 Ryanair 12190689 12776400 4.8%
2 Easyjet 8111838 8468706 4.4%
3 Turkish Airlines 6349768 7213851 13.6%
4 Lufthansa 6440522 6687851 3.8%
5 British Airways 4180889 4309770 3.1%
6 Air France 4171608 4239680 1.6%
7 Aeroflot Russian Airlines 3889932 4121620 6.0%
8 Vueling Airlines 3334228 3676172 10.3%
9 SAS Scandinavian Airlines 3443990 2958399 -14.1%
10 Wizz Air 2656188 2946138 10.9%

Top airports (July 2017):

Rank Airport June 17 capacity July 17 capacity % change
1 London Heathrow 4196072 4363722 4.0%
2 Paris Charles de Gaulle 3661938 3912246 6.8%
3 Istanbul Ataturk 3445898 3799957 10.3%
4 Frankfurt International 3612089 3794977 5.1%
5 Amsterdam 3469210 3604019 3.9%
6 Madrid Adolfo Suarez-Barajas 2845171 2934140 3.1%
7 Barcelona 2741817 2818080 2.8%
8 Munich International 2662156 2724210 2.3%
9 London Gatwick 2414681 2550032 5.6%
10 Rome Fiumicino 2354484 2543603 8.0%

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