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The world's 30th favourite airline! Blundering BA falls out of favour

Rapid descent: British Airways' 2021 traffic figure of 30.7m was 80% lower, dropping the company to 30th in a global ranking of airlines by passenger volume

The 30th most popular airline in the world! BA’s misconduct falls out of favor as passenger numbers plummet

British Airways, which once billed itself as “the world’s favorite airline”, has slipped to 30th place in a global ranking of airlines by passenger volume.

Aeronautical analytics firm Cirium’s numbers were even worse for BA’s rival Virgin Atlantic, which fell out of the top 100.

Cirium’s data ranks airlines by passenger-kilometers, a metric calculated by multiplying the number of fare-paying passengers on an airplane by the distance traveled.

Rapid descent: British Airways' 2021 traffic figure of 30.7m was 80% lower, dropping the company to 30th in a global ranking of airlines by passenger volume

Rapid descent: British Airways’ 2021 traffic figure of 30.7m was 80% lower, dropping the company to 30th in a global ranking of airlines by passenger volume

British Airways had ranked 12th before the 2019 pandemic, but its 2021 traffic figure of 30.7 million was 80 per cent lower, causing the company to slip down the chart.

BA was eclipsed by Ryanair, which ranked fifth in the global chart at 120.6m – up from eighth in 2019 – amid a shift towards low-cost travel.

However, Easyjet slipped from 18th to 40th place as it “struggled with operational problems and financial losses,” according to the report.

The report, based on 600 operators included in Cirium’s database, showed that global air traffic at the end of the year was still 57 percent lower than before the pandemic.

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Four US airlines topped the 2021 ranking, led by American Airlines with 237.5 million. The North American airline industry has recovered faster from the pandemic.

BA has had a rough time in recent months as airport staff chaos has forced tens of thousands of flights to be canceled.

That has hurt the fortunes of its parent company, International Airlines Group, which said the pace of its recovery would be slowed due to problems at BA at Heathrow, which has capped passenger numbers at 100,000 a day.

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