List of largest airlines in North America

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

North America[edit]

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 2015i 2014 2013 Fleet Destinations No. of Daily Departures2 Source
1 United States Texas American Airlines1 98,393,535 197,340,801 193,739,825 964 339 6,500 [1]
2 United States Georgia (U.S. state) Delta Air Lines 86,646,237 171,350,030 164,659,644 801 322 5,400 [2]
3 United States Texas Southwest Airlines 57,243,738 135,767,188 133,155,030 684 93 3,600 [3]
4 United States Illinois United Airlines 67,753,000 138,029,000 139,209,000 709 374 4,935 [4]
5 Canada Quebec Air Canada n/a 38,526,000 35,761,000 173 182 1,500 [5]
6 United States New York JetBlue Airways 16,952,564 32,078,316 30,463,226 209 91 (95 soon) 825 [6]
7 United States Washington (state) Alaska Airlines 15,340,000 29,278,000 27,414,000 141 95 880 [7]
8 Canada Alberta WestJet 4,900,000 19,651,977 18,485,144 139 91 420 [8]
9 Mexico Mexico City Aeroméxico 9,110,000 17,190,000 15,488,000 124 84 600 [9]
10 United States Florida Spirit Airlines 8,494,383 14,293,703 12,413,812 74 57 250 [10]
11 United States Colorado Frontier Airlines n/a n/a 10,700,000 57 59 n/a [11]
12 United States Hawaii Hawaiian Airlines 5,181,826 10,195,145 9,935,743 51 25 212 [12]
13 Mexico Mexico City Volaris n/a n/a 8,900,000 54 57 n/a [13]
14 United States Nevada Allegiant Air 2,462,822 8,017,442 7,103,366 74 79 n/a [14]
15 Mexico Mexico City Interjet n/a n/a n/a 57 47 n/a
16 United States California Virgin America 1,523,000 6,508,000 6,329,000 54 23 n/a [15]
17 Canada Ontario Porter Airlines n/a n/a n/a 26 20 n/a
18 United States Minnesota Sun Country n/a n/a n/a 21 31 n/a [16]
19 Canada Quebec Air Transat 3,000,000 n/a n/a 25 82 n/a [17]
20 Mexico Mexico City Vivaaerobus.com n/a n/a n/a 27 25 n/a
Notes
  • ^i Year to date
  • ^* Numbers through previous month
  • ^1 Numbers on and after 2013 are for the merged American/US Airways
  • ^2 Includes Regional Partner Flights

2008-2012[edit]

Rank Airline 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 Source
1 United States Georgia (U.S. state) Delta Air Lines1 164,571,529 163,838,348 162,614,714 161,070,926 106,070,000 [18]
2 United States Illinois United Airlines2 140,441,000 141,799,000 145,550,000 81,421,000 86,412,000 [19]
3 United States Texas Southwest Airlines3 133,978,100 135,274,464 106,227,521 101,339,000 101,921,000 [20]
4 United States Texas American Airlines 107,806,578 106,013,737 105,163,576 104,467,549 111,874,652 [21]
5 United States Texas Continental Airlines - - - 62,809,384 66,692,408 [22]
6 United States Arizona US Airways 82,546,120 60,854,368 59,809,367 51,016,000 54,820,000 [23]
7 United States Minnesota Northwest Airlines - - - - 48,772,000
8 Canada Quebec Air Canada 34,900,000 33,900,000 32,000,000 30,961,000 33,171,000 [24]
9 United States New York JetBlue Airways 28,956,213 26,370,318 24,253,933 22,449,945 21,920,442 [25]
10 United States Washington (state) Alaska Airlines4 25,896,000 24,790,000 23,334,000 15,561,000 16,809,000 [26]
11 United States Florida AirTran Airways - - 24,721,226 23,997,810 24,574,000 [27]
12 Canada Alberta WestJet 17,423,000 16,041,000 15,174,000 14,039,000 14,283,000 [28]
13 United States Colorado Frontier Airlines4 13,246,109 14,937,983 14,603,935 n/a n/a [29]
14 Mexico Mexico City Aeroméxico 14,812,000 14,334,000 11,391,000 6,250,000 7,659,000 [30]
15 United States Hawaii Hawaiian Airlines 9,484,204 8,666,319 8,424,288 8,344,608 7,856,711 [31]
16 United States Florida Spirit Airlines 10,422,548 8,517,586 6,951,728 n/a n/a [32]
17 Mexico Mexico City Mexicana de Aviación - - - 6,861,000 7,873,000
18 Mexico Mexico City Volaris 7,057,700 n/a n/a n/a n/a
19 United States Nevada Allegiant Air 6,591,707 6,175,808 5,903,184 5,328,436 4,298,748 [33]
20 United States California Virgin America 6,219,000 n/a n/a n/a n/a [34]
21 United States Wisconsin Midwest Airlines - - - n/a 3,006,000
22 United States Minnesota Sun Country 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 include 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 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 Fleet size # of Daily Departures Source
1 United States Utah SkyWest, Inc.1 27,856,293 58,962,010 60,581,948 58,803,690 55,836,271 40,411,089 34,544,772 33,461,819 675 3,927 [36]
2 United States Indiana Republic Airways Holdings2 10,869,181 22,576,914 21,498,826 30,812,958 31,356,550 31,959,032 22,983,8107 18,915,618 258 1,300 [37]
3 United States Georgia (U.S. state) Atlantic Southeast - - - - - - 13,170,000 12,457,000 - -
4 United States Missouri Trans States Holdings n/a 10,500,000 10,321,355 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 141 555 [38]
5 United States Arizona Mesa Airlines n/a n/a 8,572,950 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 105 400
6 United States Wisconsin Air Wisconsin n/a 6,156,282 6,069,223 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 71 500 [39]
7 United States Vermont CommutAir n/a 1,400,000 1,441,440 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 21 150 [40]
8 United States Alaska Ravn Alaska n/a n/a 815,398 n/a n/a n/a - - 73 n/a
9 United States Florida Silver Airways n/a n/a 805,241 n/a n/a n/a - - 25 150
10 United States Massachusetts Cape Air n/a 735,000 740,023 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 89 525 [41]
11 United States Wyoming Great Lakes Airlines n/a n/a 525,934 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 28 n/a
12 United States Hawaii Island Air n/a n/a 289,999 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 5 n/a
13 United States Alaska PenAir n/a n/a 242,787 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 15 n/a

In addition to the airlines listed above, there are dozens of smaller commuter and air taxi airlines operating in North America.


Notes

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

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