North American aviation industry by numbers - July 2017 update

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 and examine the most common aircraft used.

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 and examine the most common aircraft used. 

July 2017 update - All data provided by OAG

Top North American airline routes

Vancouver International (YVR) - Toronto Lester B Pearson (YYZ) had the most available capacity in July 2017, up 8.6 percent on June, following increases by Air Canada, Sunwing Airlines and Westjet. Only one international route, New York J F Kennedy (JFK) - London Heathrow (LHR), featured in the top ten.

Top North American airlines

American Airlines, Delta, Southwest Airlines and United increased their month-on-month capacity by 3.3 percent, 2.7 percent, 2.6 percent and 3.8 percent in July 2017 compared with June. Air Canada recorded the largest percentage capacity growth in the top ten airlines, with an 11.1 percent rise. 

Top North American airports

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Delta's flagship hub, had a 5.06 percent capacity share of the North American market in July 2017, based on total available seats. 

Most-used aircraft


The full North American aviation industry data

Top North American routes (July 2017):

Rank Airport   Capacity (available seats) % change (June vs July 2017)
1 Vancouver International (YVR) - Toronto Lester B Pearson (YYZ) 400390 8.6%
2 San Francisco (SFO) - Los Angeles International (LAX) 399919 -1.9%
3 Los Angeles International (LAX) - New York J F Kennedy (JFK) 357274 4.6%
4 New York LaGuardia (LGA) - Chicago O'Hare International (ORD) 331456 0.2%
5 New York J F Kennedy (JFK) - London Heathrow (LHR) 316653 3.0%
6 Los Angeles International (LAX) - Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA) 308985 3.4%
7 Los Angeles International (LAX) - Chicago O'Hare International (ORD) 296324 3.0%
8 Los Angeles International (LAX) - Las Vegas McCarran International (LAS) 293800 2.5%
9 Calgary (YYC) - Toronto Lester B Pearson (YYZ) 284041 25.7%
10 Kahului (OGG) – Honolulu (HNL) 278069 6.6%

Top North American airlines (July 2017):

Rank Airline June 2017 (capacity) July 2017 (capacity) % monthly change
1 American Airlines 20020618 20690882 3.3%
2 Delta Air Lines 18662475 19165022 2.7%
3 Southwest Airlines 17277671 17725401 2.6%
4 United Airlines 14552829 15103706 3.8%
5 Air Canada 4637146 5150673 11.1%
6 Alaska Airlines 3851019 3990122 3.6%
7 JetBlue Airways Corporation 3623735 3802968 4.9%
8 Spirit Airlines 2482682 2619645 5.5%
9 Westjet 2361597 2580787 9.3%
10 Frontier Airlines 1642080 1772860 8.0%

Top North American airports (July 2017):

Rank Airport June 2017 capacity (available seats) July 2017 capacity (available seats) % monthly change
1 Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Intl  5240453 5345718 2.0%
2 Los Angeles International 4437809 4646669 4.7%
3 Chicago O'Hare International 4230985 4403894 4.1%
4 Dallas Dallas/Fort Worth Intl 3447876 3586812 4.0%
5 New York J F Kennedy International Apt 3286918 3482047 5.9%
6 Denver Intl 3124366 3258291 4.3%
7 San Francisco 3002555 3173412 5.7%
8 Toronto Lester B Pearson Intl 2461250 2747276 11.6%
9 Seattle-Tacoma International 2490324 2651468 6.5%
10 Charlotte 2385351 2457877 3.0%

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