US AVIATION MARKET

LATEST INSIGHTS AND ANALYSIS

TOP 10 BUSIEST AIRLINES BY SEATS

Top 10 Airlines in the US by departing seats (one way) in October.

The Top 10 largest airlines in the US remain unchanged this month, as does their order. American Airlines, the largest, is significantly bigger than the second-largest, Delta Air Lines, and the gap between these two carriers has widened from last month where American Airlines was 14% larger, this month American Airlines are 19% larger than Delta Air Lines.

TOP 10 BUSIEST AIRLINE ROUTES BY SEATS

Top 10 Busiest Airline Routes in the US by departing seats in October.

There are some changes to the Top 10 Busiest US Airline Routes this month with Newark - Orlando (EWR-MCO) making it into the Top 10, whilst Honolulu – Kahului (HNL-OGG) drops out. New York - Los Angeles (JFK-LAX) remains the busiest US airline route this month. Capacity on the route has increased by 4%, equivalent to 10,000 additional seats.

TOP 10 BUSIEST AIRPORTS 

Top 10 Airports in the US by departing seats (one-way) in October.

Charlotte (CLT) and Phoenix (PHX) are the fastest-growing US airports this month, with 10% and 7% more capacity respectively. With the exception of Denver (DEN) and Seattle (SEA), the others are all recording growth of between 3-5% on last month.

TOP 10 AIRLINES - OCTOBER VS SEPTEMBER 2021

Top 10 Airlines by seats added in the US for October vs September.

The biggest 4 carriers in the US are leading capacity growth this month - adding the most seats between September and October. Spirit Airlines is noticeably absent from this list this month, increasing capacity by just 1%.

STATES ADDING MOST CAPACITY IN OCTOBER VS SEPTEMBER 2021

Almost every state has seen capacity recover this month.
Florida has the biggest increase, with 24% of all seats added in October in the US operating to, from or within Florida.
California, Texas and New York also have seen strong capacity growth of 11-12% on last month, equivalent to around 0.5m additional seats.
Colorado, Washington and Hawaii are the biggest states not recording growth this month on September and are seeing capacity contract.

TOTAL US SEATS BY MONTH / YEAR

Below shows total US seats for both domestic and international by month and by year. Hover over the image for detailed information.

Domestic airline capacity in the US is now just 11% below October 2019 and international airline capacity is 36% below October 2019.

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