Travel The Best Airlines for International Travel  

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List Rules Vote up the most efficient, comfortable, and affordable airlines for international travel from or to the United States.

The top internatoinal airlines are known for their affordable tickets, plentiful and flexible flight times, top rate customer service, and many other perks. This is a list of the best airlines for international travel around the world, or to and from the US. Large airlines like KLM, Virgin, and Lufthansa have long ruled the skies, but smaller companies like El-Al and Aer Lingus have gained popularity in recent decades due to their cheaper tickets and more pleasant flight experiences. However, many smaller companies have limited options, flying to fewer or inconvenient airports, or they offer less frequent flights.

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210 113
Singapore Airlines is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Singapore Changi Airport - Singapore

2
231 146
Emirates is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Dubai International Airport - United Arab Emirates

3
180 134
Qantas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Adelaide Airport, Melbourne Airport, Perth Airport - Australia

4
103 89
Virgin Atlantic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
AdmiralCrunch added London Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport

5
175 149
British Airways is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
London Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport - United Kingdom

6
168 126
Lufthansa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Berlin Brandenburg Airport, Munich Airport, London Heathrow Airport - Germany

7
132 83
Cathay Pacific is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Hong Kong International Airport - China

8
103 71
KLM is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol - Holland

9
31 16
Etihad Airways is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Abu Dhabi International Airport

10
69 52
Japan Airlines is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Chūbu Centrair International Airport, Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport - Japan

11
70 74
Swiss International Air Lines is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Cabrio added Zurich Airport - Switzerland

12
137 134
Qatar Airways is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Doha International Airport - Qatar

13
142 145
Turkish Airlines is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Istanbul Atatürk Airport - Turkey

14
53 44
All Nippon Airways is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport, Haneda Airport - Japan

15
80 61
Air New Zealand is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Auckland Airport - New Zealand

16
72 78
Thai Airways is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Suvarnabhumi Airport - Thailand

17
56 73
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
gaeul added Kahului Airport, Honolulu International Airport

18
20 17
Jat Airways is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport - Nikola TESLA Airport, BELGRADE

19
98 137
Malaysia Airlines is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Penang International Airport, Kota Kinabalu International Airport - Malaysia

20
80 97
Korean Air is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Gimpo International Airport, Incheon International Airport - South Korea

21
64 76
Air France is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport, Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport, Charles de Gaulle Airport - France

22
35 38
Icelandair is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
BrendanOConnor added Keflavík International Airport

23
99 108
Air Canada is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Calgary International Airport, Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport - Canada

24
41 59
El Al is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
alexlips99 added Ben Gurion Airport

25
13 11
Porter Airlines is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

26
5 1
Air Malta is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Malta International Airport, Reggio Calabria Airport

27
13 12
Hong Kong Airlines is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Hong Kong International Airport

28
15 22
Olympic Airlines is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
apollon-smyrnis added Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos"

29
7 9
South African Airways is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added O. R. Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport

30
16 17
S7 Airlines is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Tolmachevo Airport, International Airport Irkutsk, Chelyabinsk Airport

31
8 5
Fiji Airways is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Nadi International Airport

32
34 52
Air China is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Beijing Capital International Airport, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport - China

33
11 10
Dragonair is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Hong Kong International Airport

34
12 12
Firefly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Penang International Airport, Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport

35
14 22
Aegean Airlines is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
apollon-smyrnis added Thessaloniki International Airport, Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos"

36
13 14
Wizz Air is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Sofia Airport, Warsaw Chopin Airport, Boryspil International Airport

37
12 13
Xiamenair is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Xiamenair Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport

38
32 42
Scandinavian Airlines is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Copenhagen Airport, Oslo Airport, Gardermoen - Norway

39
11 12
Adria Airways is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport

40
6 10
EasyJet is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Edinburgh Airport, Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport, London Stansted Airport - UK

41
16 20
Rossiya is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Vnukovo International Airport, Pulkovo International Airport

42
10 11
Air Transat is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Vancouver International Airport

43
5 8
Kenya Airways is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
alivedodos added Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

44
8 8
Royal Brunei Airlines is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Brunei International Airport

45
10 12
Tibet Airlines is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Lhasa Gonggar Airport

46
9 10
Air Niugini is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Jacksons International Airport

47
10 12
Nordwind Airlines is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Sheremetyevo International Airport

48
10 12
Ural Airlines is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Tolmachevo Airport, Koltsovo Airport

49
8 9
Shandong Airlines is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport

50
8 9
Juneyao Airlines is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport