2017 saw a record passenger load factor (PLF) of 81.4%.
Not only does a higher PLF mean more revenue for airlines, it's also better for the environment. This is because filling more seats means lower emissions per passenger.
More people are flying than ever before. The number of passengers is expected to grow by 6% to a whopping 4.3 billion in 2018. This gives airlines across the world a great opportunity to get more people on their planes and increase their load factors!
Do you want to know which airlines had the best passenger load factors in 2017?
Our latest infographic reveals the top 3 full service carriers and top 3 low-cost carriers, based on the most recent PLF figures from last year. The Dutch airline KLM led the pack for full service carriers at 88.4%, while Ireland's low-cost airline Ryanair topped the list with a fantastic load factor of 96.0%.
Let's recap. The full service carriers with the best PLFs for 2017 are:
- KLM (Netherlands) 88.4%
- Hawaiian Airlines (United States) 85.8%
- Delta Air Lines (United States) 85.6%
For low-cost carriers, the top 3 all had PLFs over 90%!
- Ryanair (Ireland) 96.0%
- Jet2.com (Great Britain) 93.2%
- SpiceJet (India) 92.8%
The 6 airlines mentioned above all performed well above the global average PLF of 81.4%. We're watching closely to see how they'll do this year. Will they maintain their positions, or will other airlines make it to the top 3?
Check out our related infographic How Full Were Flights Across the Globe in 2017? where we cover the average passenger load factors of airlines in different regions.