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List of largest airlines in North America

By passengers carriedEdit

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.

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Airline Country 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 Ref
American Airlines1 United States 203,745,000 199,640,000 198,714,575 201,249,127 197,340,801 193,739,825 107,806,578 106,013,737 105,163,576 [1]
Delta Air Lines United States 192,465,271 186,382,771 183,741,787 179,382,874 171,350,030 164,659,644 164,571,529 163,838,348 162,614,714 [2]
Southwest Airlines2 United States 163,605,833 157,677,218 151,740,357 144,574,882 135,767,188 133,155,030 133,978,100 135,274,464 106,227,521 [3]
United Airlines United States 158,330,000 148,067,000 143,177,000 140,369,000 138,029,000 139,209,000 140,441,000 141,799,000 145,550,000 [4][5]
Air Canada Canada 50,904,000 48,126,000 44,849,000 41,126,000 38,526,000 35,761,000 34,900,000 33,900,000 32,000,000 [6][7]
Alaska Airlines3 United States 45,802,000 44,034,000 41,947,000 31,883,000 29,278,000 27,414,000 25,896,000 24,790,000 23,334,000 [8]
JetBlue Airways United States 42,149,989 40,038,090 38,263,104 35,100,986 32,078,316 30,463,226 28,956,213 26,370,318 24,253,933 [9]
Spirit Airlines United States 29,312,000 24,183,070 21,618,039 17,921,419 14,293,703 12,413,812 10,422,548 8,517,586 6,951,728 [10]
WestJet Canada 25,491,290 24,137,477 21,951,463 20,281,376 19,651,977 18,485,144 17,423,000 16,041,000 15,174,000 [11][12]
Aeroméxico Mexico 21,878,000 20,666,000 19,703,000 18,769,000 17,190,000 15,488,000 14,812,000 14,334,000 11,391,000 [13]
Frontier Airlines United States 18,669,000 15,970,000 14,773,000 12,569,000 11,328,000 9,874,000 9,927,000 10,206,000 8,878,000 [14][15]
Volaris Mexico 18,396,000 16,427,000 15,005,000 11,983,000 9,809,000 8,900,000 7,057,700 n/a n/a [16]
Interjet Mexico 13,880,000 12,378,000 11,122,000 10,483,000 8,686,000 n/a n/a n/a n/a [17]
Allegiant Air United States 13,606,103 12,138,146 11,003,864 9,355,097 8,017,442 7,103,366 6,591,707 6,175,808 5,903,184 [18]
Hawaiian Airlines United States 11,840,178 11,505,324 11,050,911 10,672,667 10,195,145 9,935,743 9,484,204 8,666,319 8,424,288 [19]
VivaAerobus Mexico 10,014,062 8,195,566 6,373,626 4,760,000 4,000,000 n/a n/a n/a n/a [20]
Sun Country Airlines United States 2,089,000 2,062,000 1,793,000 1,851,000 1,576,000 1,439,000 1,228,000 1,106,000 928,000 [21]
Notes
  • ^1 Numbers on and after 2013 are for the merged American/US Airways
  • ^2 Numbers on and after 2011 are for the merged Southwest/AirTran
  • ^3 Numbers on and after 2016 are for the merged Alaska/Virgin America

By fleet sizeEdit

By route networkEdit

Rank Airline Destinations Ref
1 American Airlines 350
2 United Airlines 342
3 Delta Air Lines 322
4 Air Canada 182
5 Allegiant Air 177
6 Alaska Airlines 115
7 Frontier Airlines 111 [48]
8 WestJet 108
9 JetBlue 102
10 Southwest Airlines 100
11 Aeromexico 90
12 Volaris 65
13 Spirit Airlines 71
14 Interjet 55
15 Sun Country Airlines 43
16 Hawaiian Airlines 28
17 VivaAerobus 24

By frequencyEdit

Rank Airline Daily departures Ref
1 American Airlines 6,700
2 Delta Air Lines 5,400
3 United Airlines 5,000
4 Southwest Airlines 4,000
5 Air Canada 1,500
6 Alaska Airlines 1,200
7 JetBlue 925
8 WestJet 777 [49]
9 Aeromexico 600
10 Spirit Airlines 400
11 Frontier Airlines 270
11 Interjet 270
13 Allegiant Air 242
14 Hawaiian Airlines 212
15 Volaris 200
16 VivaAerobus 115
17 Sun Country Airlines 47

Defunct airlinesEdit

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 [50]
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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