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.

August 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 August 2017, knocking Vancouver International (YVR) - Toronto Lester B Pearson (YYZ) into second place following a 7.9 percent decrease. Apart from SFO-LAX, which grew by 2 percent, capacity across all other routes in the top ten dropped compared with July. 

Top North American airlines

American Airlines' month-on-month capacity dropped by 0.3 percent to 20,624,405 available seats, but the carrier remained at the top of the rankings. Delta Air Lines increased capacity by 2 percent, with United Airlines growing its capacity by a similar percentage. 

Top North American airports

San Francisco recorded the largest percentage growth in the top ten with a 3.6 percent increase to 3,286,691 available seats. 


The full North American aviation industry data

Top North American routes (August 2017):

Rank Airport   Capacity (available seats) % change (June vs July 2017)
1 San Francisco (SFO) - Los Angeles International (LAX) 407739 2.0%
2 Vancouver International (YVR) - Toronto Lester B Pearson (YYZ) 368653  -7.9%
3 Los Angeles International (LAX) - New York J F Kennedy (JFK) 341572 -4.4%
4 New York LaGuardia (LGA) - Chicago O'Hare International (ORD) 330659 -0.2%
5 New York J F Kennedy (JFK) - London Heathrow (LHR) 307287 -3.0%
6 Los Angeles International (LAX) - Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA) 298938  -3.3%
7 Los Angeles International (LAX) - Chicago O'Hare International (ORD) 287557  -3.0%
8 Los Angeles International (LAX) - Las Vegas McCarran International (LAS) 286610  -2.4%
9 Orlando International (MCO) - Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson (ALT) 269879  -1.3%
10 Toronto Lester B Pearson (YYZ) - Montreal (YUL) 263914 -4.3%

Top North American airlines (August 2017):

Rank Airline July 2017 (capacity) August 2017 (capacity) % monthly change
1 American Airlines (AA) 20690882 20624405 -0.3%
2 Delta Air Lines (DL) 19165022 19547345 2.0%
3 Southwest Airlines (WN) 17725401 17456463 -1.5%
4 United Airlines (UA) 15103706 15415659 2.1%
5 Air Canada (AC) 5150673 5168687 0.3%
6 Alaska Airlines (B6) 3990122 3931343 -1.5%
7 JetBlue Airways Corporation (AS) 3802968 3775626 -0.7%
8 Spirit Airlines (NK) 2619645 2629276 0.4%
9 Westjet (WS) 2580787 2600825 0.8%
10 Frontier Airlines (F9) 1772860 1711620 -3.5%


Top North American airports (August 2017):

Rank Airport July 2017 capacity (available seats) August 2017 capacity (available seats) % monthly change
1 Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson 5345718 5368429 0.4%
2 Los Angeles International Apt 4646669 4617393 -0.6%
3 Chicago O'Hare International 4403894 4461990 1.3%
4 Dallas Dallas/Fort Worth 3586812 3566207 -0.6%
5 New York J F Kennedy 3482047 3487893 0.2%
6 San Francisco 3173412 3286691 3.6%
7 Denver Intl 3258291 3267673 0.3%
8 Toronto Lester B Pearson 2747276 2751647 0.2%
9 Seattle-Tacoma International 2651468 2678492 1.0%
10 Charlotte 2457877 2446357 -0.5%

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July 2017 update 


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