List of largest airlines in North America

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This is a list of the largest airlines in North America.

Passenger airlines[edit]

2013–present[edit]

This is a list of North America's largest passenger airlines in terms of enplaned passengers, fleet size and number of destinations:

Rank Airline Country 2016 2015 2014 2013 Fleet Destinations Daily Departures2 Source
1 American Airlines1 United States 46,914,563 201,249,127 197,340,801 193,739,825 964 339 6,500 [1]
2 Delta Air Lines United States 41,907,801 179,382,874 171,350,030 164,659,644 801 322 5,400 [2]
3 Southwest Airlines United States 34,628,441 144,574,882 135,767,188 133,155,030 714 98 3,800 [3]
4 United Airlines United States 32,087,000 140,369,000 138,029,000 139,209,000 714 342 4,626 [4]
5 Air Canada Canada 9,957,000 41,126,000 38,526,000 35,761,000 374 182 1,500 [5]
6 JetBlue Airways United States 9,118,663 35,100,986 32,078,316 30,463,226 213 97 900 [6]
7 Alaska Airlines United States 7,835,000 31,883,000 29,278,000 27,414,000 147 112 1,000 [7]
8 WestJet Canada 5,325,106 20,281,376 19,651,977 18,485,144 145 91 420 [8]
9 Aeroméxico Mexico n/a 18,769,000 17,190,000 15,488,000 124 84 600 [9]
10 Spirit Airlines United States 4,988,160 17,921,419 14,293,703 12,413,812 79 57 250 [10]
11 Frontier Airlines United States n/a n/a n/a 10,700,000 60 59 270 [11]
12 Volaris Mexico n/a 11,983,000 9,809,000 8,900,000 54 57 n/a [12]
13 Hawaiian Airlines United States 2,646,949 10,672,667 10,195,145 9,935,743 52 28 212 [13]
14 Allegiant Air United States 2,567,309 9,355,097 8,017,442 7,103,366 74 109 n/a [14]
15 Virgin America United States 1,766,000 7,036,000 6,508,000 6,329,000 60 24 210 [15]
16 Interjet Mexico n/a n/a n/a n/a 57 47 n/a
17 Porter Airlines Canada n/a n/a n/a n/a 26 20 n/a
18 Sun Country United States n/a n/a n/a n/a 21 31 n/a [16]
19 Air Transat Canada n/a n/a n/a n/a 25 82 n/a [17]
20 Vivaaerobus.com Mexico n/a n/a n/a n/a 27 25 n/a

Notes

  • ^1 Numbers from 2013 to 2015 are the combined figures for American/US Airways; merger fully completed on October 17, 2015
  • ^2 Includes Regional Partner Flights

2008–2012[edit]

Rank Airline Country 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 Source
1 Delta Air Lines1 United States 164,571,529 163,838,348 162,614,714 161,070,926 106,070,000 [18]
2 United Airlines2 United States 140,441,000 141,799,000 145,550,000 81,421,000 86,412,000 [19]
3 Southwest Airlines3 United States 133,978,100 135,274,464 106,227,521 101,339,000 101,921,000 [20]
4 American Airlines United States 107,806,578 106,013,737 105,163,576 104,467,549 111,874,652 [21]
5 Continental Airlines United States - - - 62,809,384 66,692,408 [22]
6 US Airways United States 82,546,120 60,854,368 59,809,367 51,016,000 54,820,000 [23]
7 Northwest Airlines United States - - - - 48,772,000
8 Air Canada Canada 34,900,000 33,900,000 32,000,000 30,961,000 33,171,000 [24]
9 JetBlue Airways United States 28,956,213 26,370,318 24,253,933 22,449,945 21,920,442 [25]
10 Alaska Airlines United States 25,896,000 24,790,000 23,334,000 15,561,000 16,809,000 [26]
11 AirTran Airways United States - - 24,721,226 23,997,810 24,574,000 [27]
12 WestJet Canada 17,423,000 16,041,000 15,174,000 14,039,000 14,283,000 [28]
13 Frontier Airlines4 United States 13,246,109 14,937,983 14,603,935 n/a n/a [29]
14 Aeroméxico Mexico 14,812,000 14,334,000 11,391,000 6,250,000 7,659,000 [30]
15 Hawaiian Airlines United States 9,484,204 8,666,319 8,424,288 8,344,608 7,856,711 [31]
16 Spirit Airlines United States 10,422,548 8,517,586 6,951,728 n/a n/a [32]
17 Mexicana de Aviación Mexico - - - 6,861,000 7,873,000
18 Volaris Mexico 7,057,700 n/a n/a n/a n/a
19 Allegiant Air United States 6,591,707 6,175,808 5,903,184 5,328,436 4,298,748 [33]
20 Virgin America United States 6,219,000 n/a n/a n/a n/a [34]
21 Midwest Airlines United States - - - n/a 3,006,000
22 Sun Country United States n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a [35]
Notes
  • ^1 Numbers on and after 2009 are for the merged Delta/Northwest
  • ^2 Numbers on and after 2010 are for the merged United/Continental
  • ^3 Numbers on and after 2011 are for the merged Southwest/AirTran
  • ^4 Numbers on and after 2010 are for the merged Frontier/Midwest

Regional airlines[edit]

This is a list of North America's largest regional airlines in terms of number of passengers and fleet size. This list does not include regional airlines owned by commercial airlines, those numbers are included in the totals for the parent company.

Rank Airline Country 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 Fleet size Daily Departures Source
1 SkyWest, Inc.1 United States 26,583,951 56,228,593 58,962,010 60,581,948 58,803,690 55,836,271 40,411,089 664 3,368 [36]
2 Republic Airways Holdings2 United States n/a 21,933,617 22,576,914 21,498,826 30,812,958 31,356,550 31,959,032 258 1,300 [37]
3 Trans States Holdings United States n/a n/a 10,753,024 10,321,355 n/a n/a n/a 141 555 [38]
4 Mesa Airlines United States n/a n/a 9,096,507 8,572,950 n/a n/a n/a 105 400
5 Air Wisconsin United States n/a n/a 6,154,041 6,069,223 n/a n/a n/a 71 500 [39]
6 CommutAir United States n/a n/a 1,148,653 1,441,440 n/a n/a n/a 21 150 [40]
7 Ravn Alaska United States n/a n/a 813,042 815,398 n/a n/a n/a 73 n/a
8 Cape Air United States n/a n/a 760,496 740,023 n/a n/a n/a 89 525 [41]
9 Silver Airways United States n/a n/a 722,306 805,241 n/a n/a n/a 25 150
10 Island Air United States n/a n/a 488,404 289,999 n/a n/a n/a 5 n/a
11 PenAir United States n/a n/a 237,518 242,787 n/a n/a n/a 15 n/a
12 Great Lakes Airlines United States n/a n/a 211,743 525,934 n/a n/a n/a 28 n/a


Notes

  • ^1 Numbers on and after 2010 include Atlantic Southeast
  • ^2 Numbers from 2010 to 2012 include Frontier Airlines

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