The world's leading airlines for passenger transport can be classified by countries. Depending on the routes they operate, we find regional, network and large-scale airlines. Here we offer you a list with the best international airlines.
Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.
- 1 Spain Airlines
- 2 Germany Airlines
- 3 United Kingdom Airlines
- 4 France Airlines
- 5 Other European airlines
- 6 Latin American Airlines
- 7 United States Airlines
- 8 Other airlines
- 9 Low cost airlines
This airline is based in Valencia and operates as a franchise for the Iberia airline. Air Nostrum makes more than three hundred daily flights and has a fleet of more than sixty last generation aircraft. In addition, it offers flights to destinations within Africa and Europe.
It offers more than two hundred daily flights and has bases at the airports of Gran Canaria, Asturias, Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona. Among its frequent routes are those whose destination is Gran Canaria and Tenerife, both north and south.
This Spanish airline was founded in 1927 and currently leads the routes that connect Europe with South America. Its base is located at the Madrid-Barajas Airport and offers flights to more than one hundred destinations in forty countries. Although it is not a low-cost airline, frequent passengers can regularly access promotions and discounts when buying tickets.
This company is considered one of the safest in the world and is based in Cologne. It has more than five hundred aircraft and, together with Thai Airways International and United Airlines, is a founding member of the airline alliance Star alliance.
After Lufthansa, Air Berlin is the second most important airline in Germany and one of the most important in Europe. Its main airport is Berlin-Tegel Airport, Berlin (Germany).
Make routes to mainly tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, including the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands, and also to North America, the Caribbean and Asia, among other international destinations.
This airline belongs to the Lufthansa company and is based at Düsseldorf Airport, in Dusseldorf (Germany). This airline was founded in 1993 in Dortmund and, later, signed some agreements with AirFrance and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to link some German airports with others in Paris and Amsterdam. Currently, Eurowings operates national and international routes for the low-cost company Germanwings.
United Kingdom Airlines
This airline is one of the world's leading companies and the number one in terms of flight offers between North America and Europe. British Airways is also the most important airline in the United Kingdom and has routes to Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, South America and the Caribbean.
This regional airline of British origin is based in Aberdeen, Scotland. It performs passenger flights nationwide and its main base is Aberdeen airport.
Since it has a type A operating license, BMI Regional also carries cargo and mail transport. This company was founded in 1987 under the name Business Air and changed its name to the one it currently maintains in 2001. It is currently owned by the German Lufthansa.
It is a British airline based in the Cayman Islands (Jamaica), which are currently British territory. Its headquarters are located at the Owen Roberts International Airport, located in the Cayman Islands.
This airline has been operating since 1968 and also operates flights for cargo transportation. Among its destinations are: Colombia, Cuba, USA, Honduras, Panama and Guatemala. It also operates domestic flights within the Cayman Islands and Jamaica.
Based at Humberside Airport, England, this airline operates regular domestic flights but also some low cost private flights. Eastern Airwyas began its activity in 1997.
Its international destinations are France (Angers) and Norway (Bergen, Oslo and Stavanger).
Within the United Kingdom, this airline operates flights to Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Kingston upon Hull, Leeds / Bradford, Liverpool, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich, Southampton, Teesside, Aberdeen, Stornoway, Wick and Cardiff.
This airline is based in Glasgow International Airport and is owned by British Airways. It began its activity in 1962 and operates regular flights nationwide to Scotland (Aberdeen, Barra, Campbeltown, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Islay, Kirkwall, Sumburgh, Stornoway, Tiree and Wick, among others), Northern Ireland (Derry / Londonderry ), England (Manchester) and the Isle of Man. Their international flights only reach Dublin and Cork, both destinations located in Ireland.
Since its founding in 1933, Air France has transported billions of passengers on its routes in more than three hundred cities and within 85 countries. Together with airlines such as Alitalia and Aeroméxico, it is part of the alliance Sky team.
This airline is considered the second most important French airline after Air France. It is based at the Paris-Orly Airport. Among its destinations are: Antigua, Canada (Montreal), USA (Miami), Guadeloupe (Pointe a Pitre), Reunion Island (Saint Denis), Martinique (Fort de France), Madagascar (Antananarivo), Mauritius (Port Louis), Mayotte (Dzaoudzi), Saint Lucia, Saint Bartholomew, Saint Martin, Senegal (Dakar) and Tunisia.
This company, whose full name is Aigle Azur, Société Transports Aériens, is based at Paris-Orly Airport (ORY). Its foundation took place in 1946 and since the 1950s it operated international flights thanks to which it connected France with Africa and Asia.
Currently, among its destinations outside Europe are Algeria, Burkina Faso, Mali, Morocco and Tunisia. Within Europe, it operates flights within France (Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Mulhouse, Paris and Toulouse) and to Spain (Malaga) and Portugal (Funchal, Porto and Lisbon).
Other European airlines
Since its founding in 1957, Austrian Airlines is the Austrian flag airline. Based at Vienna International Airport, Austrian Airlines is a low-cost airline that offers routes to Asia and Australia.
Airline originating in Belgium that has its main base at Brussels Airport. Brussels Airlines has two types of services on flights to Europe: B-flex, executive class with full services; and, B-light, class with low-cost flights that only includes basic food.
Scandinavian Airlines System started operations in August 1946 and is currently a multinational that operates in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Most flight deals are destined for countries in North America, Europe and Asia.
Swiss International Airlines
Founded in 2001, Swiss is the most important airline in Switzerland. Swiss offers routes to different countries in North America, South America, Africa, Europe and Asia.
Tap Air Portugal
Portuguese Air Transport is the leading airline in Portugal. Most of its flight offers are related to destinations in Africa, Europe and South America.
Founded in 1966, Transavia is a French-Dutch airline that is characterized by offering low-cost flights to vacation destinations in Italy, the Canary Islands, Catalonia and Greece. Transavia is part of Air France-KLM.
This airline was founded in 1919 and is currently the main airline of the Netherlands. KLM offers flights to more than 130 cities in the world and has business and economic class on all its flights.
Latin American Airlines
Commonly known as Airlines, is the main airline of Argentina and one of the largest airlines in all of Latin America. It covers a wide range of destinations within Argentina departing from the Buenos Aires airport, among which are:
- The Rioja
- Mar del Plata
- Rio Grande
- rosary beads
- San Juan
- Santa Fe
Within the Americas, this company operates flights to the US, Mexico, Cuba, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela and Ecuador, among others. It also offers two European destinations: Spain (Barcelona and Madrid) and Italy (Rome).
The most important airline in Mexico that, together with its subsidiaries Aeroméxico Connect and Aeromexico Travel, has almost one hundred aircraft. It offers the Club Premier frequent flyer program and regular flights to Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, United States, Peru, and others.
LATAM Airlines Group
This is the name given to the aero-commercial consortium that emerged from the union between the Chilean company LAN Airlines and the Brazilian TAM Airlines. LATAM is currently the largest airline in all of Latin America and is ranked ten worldwide.
It is based in Las Condes, Santiago (Chile). This airline currently has a large number of destinations, including: United States, Mexico, Aruba, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Falkland Islands, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela.
LATAM also offers flights to Europe, with destinations such as Spain, Germany, France, Italy and the United Kingdom; and also to Oceania (Australia, New Zealand and French Polynesia).
It is an airline of Colombian origin. It was the first founded in America and the second in the world. Founded in 1919, Avianca owns the most modern aeronautical fleet in Latin America.
Its main airport is El Dorado International Airport, Bogotá (Colombia). Avianca has signed code-share agreements with international airlines such as Aeromexico, Iberia, Lufthansa, United Airlines and US Airways, among others.
Copa Airlines Colombia
It is the second most important company in Colombia after Avianca. It is headquartered at the El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, Colombia. It covers both national and international destinations from this airport and other Colombian cities.
The company has been operating since 1993. Among its destinations within Colombia, this airline flies to Barranquilla, Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Cali, Cartagena, Cúcuta, Medellín, Pereira, San Andrés Isla and San José. Outside of Colombia, these are their destinations: Aruba, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Dominican Republic and Venezuela.
It is an airline passenger transport and cargo. This airline transports more than 100,000 passengers per month, thus leading the Chilean air market and 5% of international air transport. It began its activity in 2001 and operates international flights since 2008 to Bolivia, Argentina, Peru, Brazil and Ecuador.
The airline Air Service to National Territories (SATENA) It has been operating since 1962 and is of Colombian origin, based at the El Dorado International Airport. It is considered the second line with the highest level of occupation in the country. At present, it makes national flights from Medellin to Bucaramanga, from Bucaramanga to Cúcuta, from Cúcuta to Ocaña and from Medellín to Cúcuta, with an average frequency of one flight per day.
United States Airlines
Known as AA, American Airlines is the world's largest airline based on annual revenues. American Airlines has a fleet of over 600 aircraft and is based in the city of Fort Worth, Texas. Its routes cover the entire North American territory, the Caribbean, Canada, China, India, Japan, and Latin America.
This airline is the third largest in the United States and is headquartered in Chicago, United States. United Airlines has a fleet of more than 250 aircraft and has routes to more than two hundred destinations.
This airline is Delta-Northwest Airlines since October 2008 and, until the time of its merger, it was the fifth largest airline in the world with almost two thousand flights per day. All Delta-Northwest Airlines passengers have the WorldPerks frequent passenger program with the option of accumulating miles per trip or redeeming them for attractive prizes.
It is headquartered in the city of Tempe, Arizona (USA) and is owned by the US Airways Group. It has three main airports: Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, Philadelphia International Airport, Sky Harbor International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington.
It was founded in 1939 under the name All American Aviation Company, which later became USAir and, finally, changed it in 1996 for the one it currently owns. It offers a wide range of destinations both in the US and in Latin America and Europe, among the latter Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, the Baos, Portugal, United Kingdom and Switzerland.
It is a state company whose main airport is Hamad International Airport, Doha. Currently, it has a fleet of more than one hundred aircraft and operates routes to more than one hundred international destinations. It was founded in 1993 and is a member of the Oneworld alliance since 2012. It offers services to a wide range of destinations:
- Africa: Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, Mozambique, Nigeria, Seychelles, South Africa, Sudan, Rwanda, Tunisia, Tanzania and Uganda.
- America: Canada, USA, Brazil and Argentina.
- Asia: South Korea, China, Hong Kong and Japan.
- Middle East: Azerbaijan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman and Northern Yemen.
- Southeast Asian: Burma, Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
- middle East: Bandladés, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
- Oceania: Australia.
Within Europe, it also offers routes to Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Spain, France, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Norway, United Kingdom, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.
Cathay Pacific Airways
It is an Asian airline based in Hong Kong, China, which carries both passengers and cargo. Its main airport is the Hong Kong International Airport. It operates routes to more than fifty destinations, including Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. He began his activity in 1946.
It is the main airline in Asia and one of the most important in the world. It was founded in 1947 and its main center of operations is the Changi International Airport in Singapore. It operates routes to Africa (North, East and South), America (North and South America), Asia (Middle East, South and Central Asia and the Far East), Europe and Oceania.
Based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, it is a subsidiary airline of The Emirates Group, whose entirety is owned by the Government of Dubai. It is the largest company in the Middle East and operates more than 3,000 flights weekly. It operates a large number of national and international routes.
Its base is located at the Atatürk International Airport, in Istanbul. It has 261 destinations, of which 43 are in Turkey and the remaining 108 include countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and America. It was founded in 1933.
Low cost airlines
In this section, we show you a list in alphabetical order with the main low-cost airlines in Europe, Latin America and the United States. You can find more detailed information in the article List of companies that offer cheap flights.
- Aer Lingus. It is an Irish airline for cheap flights, based at Dublin Airport, Ireland. Part of this airline is owned by Ryanair. It offers flights within Europe and also to the USA. and Morocco.
- Aeromexico Connect. It is a subdivision of the Mexican Aeromexico that mainly offers flights nationwide within Mexico.
- Condor Flugdienst. Of German origin, it is the most popular company of low cost flights within Germany. It offers flights to Europe and also to North America, Africa, South America and Asia.
- EasyFly. This is the most popular charter flight company within Colombia since it was created in 2007. It offers routes nationwide.
- easyJet. This airline of British origin is based in London-Luton Airport and is one of the leading airlines for cheap flights in Europe. It operates routes through Europe and also to some airports in Asia and North Africa.
- Gol Air Transport. This is the most popular airline in Brazil and its headquarters are located in the Guarulhos International Airport, in Guarulhos, São Paulo. Its main destinations are within Brazil, although it also operates routes to the US, Barbados, Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela, among others.
- Iberia Express. It is a subdivision owned by the Iberia group that emerged in 2012 in order to offer low cost flights. Its headquarters are located at the Madrid-Barajas Airport and offers flights within Spain and to the main destinations in Europe.
- Meridiana Fly. It is an Italian low-cost airline, whose headquarters are in Olbia, Italy. It was founded 52 years ago to promote tourism in Sardinia and, since 1991, began operating international flights because of the success it reaped. It operates a wide range of routes through Europe.
- Ryanair. Today, the Irish Ryanair has become the main airline of low-cost flights in Europe with easyJet. Together they cover more than 80% of the air market. It offers a large number of routes through Europe, but also includes flights to Morocco.
- Spirit Airlines. Its headquarters are located in Miramar, Florida and it has been operating since 1980. The main destinations of this airline are: Florida, Texas, Nevada, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York and South Carolina.
- Volaris. It is a Mexican airline owned by Ryanair and is based in Santa Fe, Álvaro Obregón, Mexico City. It mainly offers flights nationwide, but also to the United States.
- Vueling Airlines. Vueling is a Spanish airline based in Barcelona, Spain. Within Spain, it is the leading airline market company. It operates national and European flights since 2006.
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