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Top 10 International Airlines: How They See 2021

The latest flight schedules, published today, provide a brilliant insight into how the world’s largest carriers see the year panning out; not just the top ten but with the addition of carriers from China and Singapore.

Especially it is important to know:

✓  how pessimistic are they about their business in the immediate future; realism is a different question

✓  are they planning for a vaccination recovery and if so when?

There is no consensus and in some cases there might be a lack of candour/rigour.

Last year it was the case that the majority of carriers simply gave up on their published flight schedules. This year the data is better: readers will apply their own judgement.

Ryanair Ranked No. 1 in 2019

Ryanair, by far the largest international airline in 2019 and almost three times the size of its largest American rival, is an excellent indicator of the health of the European leisure travel business because if there is going to be a vaccination recovery this year, Europe is where it will be.

✓  Ryanair has responded to UK conditions with a marked capacity cut beginning next month but

✓  is planning for an April passenger surge and will hold that level of readiness right through the year.

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Ian Robinson is the Air4casts Chairman, resident forecasting expert and general statistics whizz.

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