North American aviation industry by numbers - the latest trends and data

Routesonline analyses the North American aviation industry, taking a monthly look at the top routes served and revealing the airlines that are dominating the market. We also rank the top ten airports by available seat capacity.

Routesonline analyses the North American aviation industry, taking a monthly look at the top routes served and revealing the airlines that are dominating the market. We also rank the top ten airports by available seat capacity.

September 2017 update - All data provided by OAG

Top North American airline routes

San Francisco (SFO) - Los Angeles International (LAX) took the number one spot for the most available capacity during September 2017 although the total number of available seats declined by 6.2 percent on a year-by-year basis. Honolulu (HNL) - Kahului (OGG) ranked tenth in the list and experienced the biggest year-on-year percentage growth, up 15.3 percent on September 2016. 

Top North American airlines

American Airlines added the most capacity in the top ten during September 2017 with an additional 439,044 seats compared with the same month a year earlier. Southwest Airlines was marginally behind after it added 436,103 seats, with its total capacity during September 2017 standing at 16,080,303.

Top North American airports

San Francisco (SFO) added the most capacity during September 2017 compared with a year earlier, with the number of two-way available seats rising by 6.3 percent to 2,907,522. Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson remained as the number one although Los Angeles International closed the gap on an annual basis. 


The full North American aviation industry data

Top North American routes by total available two-way capacity (September 2017):

Rank Airport   September 2017 capacity (total available two-way seats) September 2016 capacity (total available two-way seats) Year-on-year change (%)
1 San Francisco (SFO) - Los Angeles International (LAX) 417899 445757 -6.2%
2 Vancouver International (YVR) - Toronto Lester B Pearson (YYZ) 346137 325802  6.2% 
3 New York LaGuardia (LGA) - Chicago O'Hare International (ORD) 339892 319818  6.3% 
4 Los Angeles International (LAX) - New York J F Kennedy (JFK) 336681 326230  3.2% 
5 New York J F Kennedy (JFK) - London Heathrow (LHR) 310066 329028  -5.7% 
6 Los Angeles International (LAX) - Las Vegas McCarran International (LAS) 276203 280473  -1.5% 
7 Toronto Lester B Pearson (YYZ) - Montreal (YUL) 271418 278243  -2.5% 
8 Los Angeles International (LAX) - Chicago O'Hare International (ORD) 270881 275489  -1.7% 
9 Los Angeles International (LAX) - Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA) 264018 270406  -2.4% 
10 Honolulu (HNL) - Kahului (OGG)  262256 227536  15.3% 

Top North American airlines by total available capacity (September 2017):

Airline

Total available seats

(September 2017)

Total available seats

(September 2016)

Year-on-year change

(%)

American Airlines (AA) 20258647 19819603 2.2%
Delta Air Lines (DL) 18441491 18206698 1.3%
Southwest Airlines (WN) 16080303 15644200 2.8%
United Airlines (UA) 14928847 14500761 3.0%
Air Canada (AC) 5333677 5041472 5.8%
JetBlue Airways (AS) 3904511 3541143 10.3%
Alaska Airlines (B6) 3674893 3431224 7.1%
Spirit Airlines (AS) 2489599 2099969 18.6%
Westjet (WS) 2458208 2308571 6.5%
Frontier Airlines (F9) 1644590 1564790 5.1%


Top North American airports by total available two-way capacity (September 2017):

Airport Total available seats (September 2017) Total available seats (September 2016) Year-on-year change (%)
Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson  4917280 4961955 -0.9%
Los Angeles International  4120412 4018852 2.5%
Chicago O'Hare International  4099486 3971366 3.2%
Dallas Dallas/Fort Worth   3246168 3186903 1.9%
New York J F Kennedy  3092063 3005035 2.9%
Denver   2940256 2926977 0.5%
San Francisco 2907522 2733953 6.3%
Toronto Lester B Pearson  2467445 2354378 4.8%
Las Vegas McCarran   2356667 2319784 1.6%
Seattle-Tacoma   2315382 2247579 3.0

Routes Americas 2018

The route development forum for the Americas

Routes Americas 2018

Routes Americas is your opportunity to meet with senior decision makers from the region’s airlines to discuss new market opportunities and the evolution of existing services. The 11th Routes Americas will take place in Quito, Ecuador on 13 - 15 February 2018.

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