Top 15 Airlines in North America

Here is a list of the top 15 airlines in North America. See which airlines passengers are choosing the most according to ticket sales. This is not about travel distance, simply the most passengers flown. Statistics came directly from the airlines’ latest traffic data.

The North American region will grow by 3.3% annually and in 2034 will carry a total of 1.4 billion passengers, an additional 649 million passengers a year, according to the International Air Transport Association's Global Passenger Forecast Report.

Edited by Benet Wilson.

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    American Airlines

    American Airlines - Top 10 Airlines in the United States and Canada
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    American Airlines took the top spot in North America after its merger with US Airways. The Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier handled 197.3 million passengers with 6500 daily departures. It has hubs in: Charlotte Douglas International Airport; Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport; John F. Kennedy International Airport (New York); Los Angeles International Airport; Miami International Airport; Chicago O'Hare International Airport; Philadelphia International Airport; Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport; Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

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    Delta - Top 10 Airlines in North America
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    Seven years after its merger with Northwest Airlines, Delta carried 171.3 million passengers with 5400 daily departures. It has hubs in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Amsterdam and Tokyo-Narita.

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    Southwest Airlines

    Southwest Airlines - Top 10 Airlines in the United States and Canada
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    The granddaddy of low-cost airlines in the United States carried 135.7 million passengers with 3600 daily departures. Its top five focus cities are Chicago Midway, Baltimore-Washington, Las Vegas, Denver and Phoenix.

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    United Airlines

    United Airlines - Top 10 Airlines in the United States and Canada
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    United carried 138 million passengers with 4935 daily departures. Its hubs are Guam's Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport; Denver International Airport; Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport; Los Angeles International Airport; Tokyo's Narita International Airport; Newark Liberty International Airport; Chicago O'Hare International Airport; San Francisco International Airport; and Washington Dulles International Airport.

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    Air Canada

    Air Canada - Top 10 Airlines in the United States and Canada
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    Canada's flag carrier handled 38.5 million passengers with 1500 daily departures. Its hubs are Toronto-Pearson International Airport, Calgary International Airport, Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and Vancouver International Airport.

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    JetBlue - Top 10 Airlines in the United States and Canada
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    The New York-based carrier handled 32 million passengers with 825 daily departures. Its focus cities are Boston-Logan International Airport, Long Beach Airport, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, Orlando International Airport and Puerto Rico's San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport.

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    Alaska Airlines - Top 10 Airlines in North America
    ••• Alaska Airlines at San Francisco International Airport. Photo by Benet J. Wilson

    Seattle's hometown airline carried 29.2 million passengers with 880 daily departures. Its hubs are Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and Portland International Airport.

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    AirTran Airways - Top 10 Airlines in the United States and Canada
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    The Calgary-based low-cost carrier handled 19.6 million passengers with 420 daily departures. It has hubs at Calgary International Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport, along with focus cities at Edmonton International Airport, Vancouver International Airport and Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.

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    Aeromexico - Top 10 Airlines in North America
    ••• An Aeromexico Boeing 737 at Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. Photo courtesy of BriYYZ

    Mexico's flag carrier handled 17.1 million passengers. Its hubs are Mexico City International Airport, Guadalajara'a Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport, General Ignacio Pesqueira García International Airport in Hermosillo and General Mariano Escobedo International Airport in Monterrey.

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    Spirit Airlines

    ••• Photo courtesy of Spirit Airlines

    The Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based airline carried XX million passengers. It operates more than 375 daily flights to 56 destinations in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean. It operates hubs in Fort Lauderdale and Detroit, along with the focus cities of Dallas/Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Chicago, Houston, Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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    ••• Frontier Airlines Airbus A320. Photo courtesy of Frontier Airlines

    The Denver-based airline served 13.2 million passengers in 2015. It flies to nearly 60 destinations in the U.S., Dominican Republic, Mexico and Jamaica via nearly 270 daily flights. 

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    ••• A Volaris Airbus A319 is taxiing at Los Angeles International Airport. Photo courtesy of InSapphoWeTrust/Wikipedia

    This Mexico-based low-cost carrier served 12 million passengers in 2015. it offers travelers access more than 60 destinations in Mexico, the U.S., Guatemala, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico out of its hub in Mexico City.

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    ••• Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767-300 "Akohekohe.". Photo courtesy of Dylan Ashe, via Wikimedia Commons

    The airline served a record 10.6 million passengers in 2015. It offers ​approximately 160 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, along with non-stop service to 11 U.S. cities and Japan, South Korea,China, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. 

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    ••• An Allegiant Air McDonnell Douglas MD-83 at McCarran International Airport. Photo courtesy of Aldo Bidini [GFDL 1.2 ( or GFDL 1.2 (], via Wikimedia Commons

     The Las Vegas-based ultra-low-cost carrier served 9.3 million passengers in 2015. The airline has a fleet of more than 80 aircraft that serve more than 300 routes across the United States.

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    ••• Virgin America Airbus A320s at San Francisco International Airport. Photo by Benet J. Wilson

    The San Francisco-based carrier, which has announced plans to merge with Alaska Airlines, served 7 million passengers in 2015.