El Al Israel Airlines easily maintained its lead as the top airline
Thursday 2, January 2014
El Al Israel Airlines easily maintained its lead as the top airline carrying passengers to and from Israel and increased the number of people flying on its planes.
El Al flew 4 million passengers this year, up 4.3% from last year. 12.6 million passengers travelled to and from Israel on 90,000 international flights this year, up 8% from 2012.
This was in despite increased competition from low cost airlines in 2013,In second place was Turkish Airlines with six daily flights from Ben Gurion Airport carried 562,000 passengers, up 56% from 2012. In third place was Arkia Airlines Ltd. with 492,000 passengers, unchanged, and in fourth place was Lufthansa with 340,000 passengers, down 16%. In fifth place was United with 322,000 passengers, up 0.2%, in sixth was Ukraine Air with 331,000 passengers, up 158%, in seventh was Air France with 309,000 passengers, up 26%, in eighth was Alitalia with 307,000 passengers, up 0.9%, in ninth was easyJet with 306,000 passengers, up 51%, and in tenth was Pegasus with 303,000 passengers, up 0.2%.
These were followed by: 11th Aegean Air, 260,000, up 14%; 12th British Airways, 260,000, up 9%; 13th Swiss, 256,000, down 1.6%; 14th Aeroflot, 248,000 up 54%; 15th Israir Airlines and Tourism Ltd., 243,000, down 8.5%; 16th Delta, 237,000, up 1.34%; 17th Transaero, 232,000, up 3.45%; 18th Austrian Airlines, 218,000, down 3.34%; 19th Air Berlin, 163,000, up 2.1%, and 20th US Airlines, 151,000, up 1.5%.
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