List of largest airlines in North America

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These are lists of the largest airlines in North America, ranked by several different metrics.

By passengers carried[edit]

This is a list of North America's largest passenger airlines in terms of enplaned passengers. Passenger numbers shown are inclusive of regional carriers operating under contract where applicable.

Airline Country 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 Ref
American Airlines United States 95,324,000 215,182,000 203,745,000 199,640,000 198,714,575 201,249,127 197,340,801 193,739,8251 107,806,578 [1][2]
Delta Air Lines United States TBA 204,000,000 192,465,271 186,382,771 183,741,787 179,382,874 171,350,030 164,659,644 164,571,529 [3]
Southwest Airlines United States 67,785,000 162,681,000 163,605,833 157,677,218 151,740,357 144,574,882 135,767,188 133,155,030 133,978,100 [4][5]
United Airlines United States 57,761,000 162,443,000 158,330,000 148,067,000 143,177,000 140,369,000 138,029,000 139,209,000 140,441,000 [6]
Air Canada Canada 13,760,000 51,543,000 50,904,000 48,126,000 44,849,000 41,126,000 38,526,000 35,761,000 34,900,000 [7][8]
Alaska Airlines United States 17,927,000 46,733,000 45,802,000 44,034,000 41,947,0002 31,883,000 29,278,000 27,414,000 25,896,000 [9][10]
JetBlue Airways United States 14,274,000 42,727,694 42,149,989 40,038,090 38,263,104 35,100,986 32,078,316 30,463,226 28,956,213 [11][12]
Spirit Airlines United States 18,746,000 34,537,000 29,312,000 24,183,070 21,618,039 17,921,419 14,293,703 12,413,812 10,422,548 [13][14]
WestJet Canada TBA 19,588,8113 25,491,290 24,137,477 21,951,463 20,281,376 19,651,977 18,485,144 17,423,000 [15][16]
Volaris Mexico TBA 21,975,000 18,396,000 16,427,000 15,005,000 11,983,000 9,809,000 8,900,000 7,057,700 [17]
Frontier Airlines United States 13,065,000 21,869,000 18,669,000 15,970,000 14,773,000 12,569,000 11,328,000 9,874,000 9,927,000 [18][19]
Aeroméxico Mexico TBA 20,689,000 21,878,000 20,666,000 19,703,000 18,769,000 17,190,000 15,488,000 14,812,000 [20]
Interjet Mexico TBA 15,184,720 13,880,000 12,378,000 11,122,000 10,483,000 8,686,000 n/a n/a [21]
Allegiant Air United States 8,553,623 14,823,267 13,606,103 12,138,146 11,003,864 9,355,097 8,017,442 7,103,366 6,591,707 [22]
VivaAerobus Mexico TBA 12,019,114 10,014,062 8,195,566 6,373,626 4,760,000 4,000,000 n/a n/a [23]
Hawaiian Airlines United States 4,304,000 11,751,003 11,840,178 11,505,324 11,050,911 10,672,667 10,195,145 9,935,743 9,484,204 [24][25]
Sun Country Airlines United States 1,740,000 3,127,000 2,089,000 2,062,000 1,793,000 1,851,000 1,576,000 1,439,000 1,228,000 [26]
Notes
  • ^1 Numbers on and after 2013 are for the merged American/US Airways
  • ^2 Numbers on and after 2016 are for the merged Alaska/Virgin America
  • ^3 For nine months ending September 2019

By fleet size[edit]

This is a list of airlines ranked by fleet size (including regional partners) as of March 9th, 2021:

Airline Fleet size References
American Airlines 1,440 [27][28]
United Airlines 1,391 [29][30]
Delta Air Lines 1,170 [31][32]
Southwest Airlines 736 [33]
Alaska Airlines 423 [34][35][36]
Air Canada 300 [37][38]
JetBlue 270 [39]
WestJet 172 [40][41][42]
Spirit Airlines 157 [43]
Aeroméxico 107 [44][45]
Allegiant Air 107 [46]
Frontier Airlines 104 [47]
Volaris 83 [48]
Hawaiian Airlines 61 [49]
Sun Country Airlines 43 [50]
VivaAerobús 43 [51]
Air Transat 31 [52]
Porter Airlines 29 [53]
Interjet 25 [54]
Sunwing Airlines 18 [55]

By number of destinations[edit]

This is a list of airlines ranked by number of destinations, as of March 9th, 2021:

Airline Destinations References
United Airlines 371 [56]
American Airlines 352 [57]
Delta Air Lines 290 [58]
Air Canada 192 [59]
Allegiant Air 128 [60]
Alaska Airlines 119 [61]
Southwest Airlines 111 [62]
Frontier Airlines 110 [63]
WestJet 105 [64]
JetBlue 102 [65]
Aeromexico 78 [66]
Spirit Airlines 78 [67]
Volaris 66 [68]
Air Transat 64 [69]
Sun Country Airlines 60 [70]
VivaAerobús 56 [71]
Hawaiian Airlines 32 [72]

By frequency[edit]

This is a list of airlines ranked by daily flights (frequency):

Airline Daily departures References
Delta Air Lines 6,700
American Airlines 5,400
United Airlines 5,000
Southwest Airlines 4,000
Air Canada 1,500
Alaska Airlines 1,200
JetBlue 925
WestJet 777 [73]
Aeromexico 600
Spirit Airlines 400
Frontier Airlines 270
Interjet 270
Allegiant Air 242
Hawaiian Airlines 212
Volaris 200
VivaAerobus 115
Sun Country Airlines 47

Defunct airlines[edit]

Airlines that have ceased to exist since 2008, either as a result of mergers or bankruptcy, are listed below.

Airline Country 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 Source
AirTran Airways United States n/a 24,721,226 23,997,810 24,574,000
Continental Airlines United States n/a 62,809,384 66,692,408 [74]
Mexicana de Aviación Mexico n/a 6,861,000 7,873,000
Midwest Airlines United States n/a 3,006,000
Northwest Airlines United States n/a 48,772,000
US Airways United States n/a 82,546,120 60,854,368 59,809,367 51,016,000 54,820,000
Virgin America United States 7,036,000 6,508,000 6,329,000 6,219,000 n/a

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