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What's the world's most popular international airline?

The answer might surprise you.
Jun 10th 2014, 12:44 PM 22,347 74

RYANAIR HAS BEEN named the world’s most popular carrier of international passengers.

The latest IATA figures show that the low-cost airline carried 81.3 million international passengers last year, almost 29 million more than second-placed Easyjet (52.7 million) and 30 million more than third-placed Lufthansa (50.7 million).

The figures show that Ryanair carried more international passengers than:

  • EasyJet, Iberia and SAS combined (76 million)
  • British Airways, Air France and Alitalia combined (77 million)
  • Lufthansa and Air Berlin combined (74 million)
  • Over eight times more passengers than Aer Lingus (9.6 million)

Ryanair estimates it will carry more than 84.6 million passengers this year, says spokesperson Robin Kiely.

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“Even the combined traffic of EasyJet, Iberia and SAS is still less than Ryanair’s total traffic.”

He said that passengers would increase on the back of a second carry-on bag allowance and a seat sale taking place this week.

Read: Ground staff blamed as Ryanair plane rolls into a fire station at Rome Airport

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