Top 100 U.S. Airlines in 2016

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Ranked by Passenger & Cargo Volumes

The following is a list of the Top 100 U.S. Airlines in 2016 ranked by both total no. of passengers carried and total tons of cargo transported. In 2016, airlines in the U.S. (excludes foreign carriers) carried a total of 835.3 million passengers (up from 810.7M in 2015) of which 730.7 million or 87.5% were domestic and the remaining 104.7 million or 12.5% were international. In terms of cargo (freight + mail), airlines in the U.S. transported 16.2 million tons (up from 15.6M in 2015) of which 11.7 million tons or 72.1% were domestic cargo and the remaining 4.5 million tons or 27.9% were international.

In 2016, the #1 airline by passengers was Southwest Airlines with 156.3 million equal to an 18.7% market share. Runner-up was American Airlines with 145.5 million passengers (17.4%) followed by Delta Air Lines in third place with 143.0 million (17.1%). United Air Lines with 100.4 million (12.0%) and JetBlue Airways with 38.4 million (4.6%) take 4th and 5th place, respectively. Following the American Airlines - US Airways merger, the U.S. only has four major passenger air carriers.

In 2016, the #1 airline by tons of cargo transported was FedEx with 6.6 million tons equal to a 40.7% market share. Runner-up was UPS with 4.0 million tons (24.9%) followed by Atlas Air in third place with 880,111 tons (5.4%). In the following places, we have major network carriers like United Airlines (703,453 tons / 4.3%) and American Airlines (663,648 tons / 4.1%).

Top 10 U.S. Airlines

Passengers (million)

Market Share

Southwest Airlines
American Airlines
Delta Air Lines
United Air Lines
JetBlue Airways
SkyWest Airlines
Alaska Airlines
ExpressJet Airlines
Spirit Air Lines
Frontier Airlines

156.27 145.47 142.98 100.37 38.41 31.29 25.00 22.23 21.62 14.94

18.7% 17.4% 17.1% 12.0% 4.6% 3.7% 3.0% 2.7% 2.6% 1.8%

Top-100 US Airlines by Passengers and Cargo Transported
Top-100 US Airports by Departing Passengers and Cargo

Top 100 U.S. Airlines 2016 | By No. of Passengers Carried

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Airline Name

Passengers (PAX)

Domestic PAX

Int'l PAX

Load Factor

# Flights

Seats per Aircraft

Southwest Airlines
American Airlines
Delta Air Lines
United Air Lines
JetBlue Airways
SkyWest Airlines
Alaska Airlines
ExpressJet Airlines
Spirit Air Lines
Frontier Airlines
Mesa Airlines
Republic Airlines
Envoy Air
PSA Airlines
Allegiant Air
Endeavor Air
Hawaiian Airlines
Virgin America
Horizon Air
Compass Airlines
Air Wisconsin Airlines
GoJet Airlines (United Express)
Shuttle America
Trans States Airlines
MN Airlines
Piedmont Airlines
Commutair
Cape Air
Silver Airways
Island Air Hawaii
Swift Air
Era Aviation
Hageland Aviation Service
XTRA Airways
Eastern Airlines Group
Peninsula Airways
Seaborne Aviation
Mokulele Flight Services
Grand Canyon Airlines
Empire Airlines
Dynamic Airways
Omni Air International
Miami Air International
Boutique Air
Grant Aviation
Bering Air
Star Marianas Air
World Atlantic Airlines
Air Choice One
Vieques Air Link
Great Lakes Airlines
Contour Airlines
Air Flamenco
Kalinin / Alaska Seaplanes
Wright Air Service
Charter Air Transport
Yute Air / Flight Alaska
Kenmore Air Harbor
Ultimate Air Shuttle
Songbird Airways
Taquan Air Service
Tradewind Aviation
National Air Cargo Group
Warbelow
New England Airlines
Atlas Air
Elite Airways
Sun Air International
Delux Public Charter
SkyValue Airways
City Wings dba Seaflight
Smokey Bay Air
PM Air
Island Air Express
Pacific Airways
Island Air Service
Seaport Airlines
Katmai Air
Monarch Air
Iliamna Air Taxi
KaiserAir
Makani Kai Air Charters
Ameristar Air Cargo
Alaska Central Express
Spernak Airways
Air Sunshine
Avjet Corporation
Air Excursions
Everts Air Alaska / Everts Air Cargo
Jet Aviation Flight Services
Friday Harbor Seaplanes
Arctic Transportation
Grand Canyon Helicopters
Tanana Air Service
40-Mile Air
Air Unlimited Charter Services
Dynamic Aviation / Beacon
Erickson Helicopters
Alaska Air Transit
Ellis Air Taxi

156,268,063
145,467,182
142,981,282
100,371,708
38,412,349
31,291,726
25,004,187
22,226,509
21,619,970
14,936,077
13,065,404
12,599,249
11,815,140
11,653,191
11,199,126
10,977,002
10,836,455
8,075,319
7,804,824
6,441,747
5,395,587
4,804,360
4,491,150
3,442,592
2,759,407
2,716,264
1,341,379
673,087
613,453
482,368
447,550
441,821
332,117
328,567
306,305
300,072
284,777
249,846
231,525
221,850
169,609
146,583
137,423
123,521
122,994
104,077
94,408
93,185
84,989
80,134
78,380
74,505
65,874
63,794
62,072
61,922
61,715
59,106
56,639
49,592
44,182
43,873
38,471
37,530
34,388
33,152
32,570
31,768
27,894
27,088
26,124
23,694
22,953
19,777
18,583
17,264
15,185
15,096
14,346
12,910
11,748
10,933
10,549
7,040
6,494
5,486
5,407
4,668
4,160
3,198
2,546
2,277
1,763
1,472
924
773
734
706
660
364

153,348,677
117,639,678
119,675,336
74,367,648
31,341,623
29,188,673
23,225,574
20,613,865
19,774,603
14,175,431
11,686,410
11,601,863
11,254,617
11,636,967
11,144,316
10,137,325
9,803,579
7,903,215
7,167,027
5,879,514
4,925,762
4,531,764
4,365,823
3,055,047
2,365,310
2,716,264
1,341,379
626,383
458,768
482,368
133,909
441,821
332,117
164,332
36,853
300,072
164,208
249,846
231,525
221,850
2,788
83,524
104,506
123,521
122,994
103,764
94,408
19,542
84,989
80,134
78,380
72,199
65,668
63,794
62,072
61,842
61,715
38,782
56,639
4,800
44,176
25,054
19,280
37,530
34,388
10,737
32,570
31,768
27,894
26,948
26,124
23,694
22,953
19,777
18,583
17,264
15,152
15,096
14,346
12,910
11,203
10,933
10,393
7,040
6,494
1,230
4,589
4,668
4,160
2,872
2,546
2,277
1,763
1,472
924
184
734
706
660
364

2,919,386
27,827,504
23,305,946
26,004,060
7,070,726
2,103,053
1,778,613
1,612,644
1,845,367
760,646
1,378,994
997,386
560,523
16,224
54,810
839,677
1,032,876
172,104
637,797
562,233
469,825
272,596
125,327
387,545
394,097
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154,685
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269,452
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63,059
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81.7%
79.1%
83.1%
87.0%
80.7%
76.7%
77.9%
77.6%
84.4%
78.9%
79.8%
80.8%
77.4%
79.0%
76.0%
77.6%
72.4%
80.8%
77.1%
72.8%
80.2%
56.0%
47.8%
65.0%
46.8%
53.8%
39.1%
69.1%
52.8%
49.7%
59.6%
73.8%
79.6%
52.6%
42.9%
68.0%
32.9%
60.1%
31.4%
38.0%
59.5%
14.7%
55.1%
58.5%
21.3%
39.5%
56.8%
48.8%
49.8%
45.2%
28.9%
47.2%
60.8%
80.6%
55.0%
55.2%
54.9%
37.2%
54.9%
16.6%
55.1%
31.5%
46.6%
35.9%
73.0%
38.8%
72.7%
62.7%
38.1%
38.4%
28.6%
66.7%
69.1%
36.0%
58.9%
38.3%
36.2%
51.5%
36.6%
22.7%
26.1%
42.6%
28.1%
26.3%
55.5%
11.2%
55.3%
15.9%
25.9%
47.7%
27.7%
21.9%
35.9%
25.4%

1,311,597
1,101,192
1,065,084
705,647
338,593
640,894
193,065
520,460
148,570
98,844
213,673
216,233
275,964
227,800
78,952
209,053
81,456
69,885
132,725
108,291
141,952
87,364
92,661
85,238
23,300
88,292
40,549
117,956
37,201
11,590
6,929
25,701
107,805
2,833
3,356
20,697
17,454
37,648
21,221
31,914
1,660
1,002
2,613
25,430
49,758
30,725
25,651
4,076
17,073
15,211
17,937
9,340
13,193
19,950
15,035
4,264
38,722
14,834
3,105
406
11,695
9,932
545
11,266
8,131
14,742
1,002
12,154
1,931
1,510
3,978
12,229
2,990
3,502
8,169
9,769
5,901
3,087
2,308
4,852
291
3,168
1,286
11,682
3,834
2,688
2,014
1,914
6,581
932
764
14,517
690
1,743
914
236
320
358
204
408

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61
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54
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174
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167
143
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42
41
10
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138
32
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173
29
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Top 100 U.S. Airlines 2016 | By Tons of Cargo (freight + mail) Carried

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Airline Name

Freight (t)

Domestic Freight (t)

Int'l
Freight (t)

Federal Express (FedEx)
United Parcel Service (UPS)
Atlas Air
United Air Lines
American Airlines
Polar Air Cargo Airways
Delta Air Lines
ABX Air
Kalitta Air
Sky Lease Cargo
Southern Air
Air Transport International
Amerijet International
Southwest Airlines
Alaska Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines
Aloha Air Cargo
Western Global
Northern Air Cargo
Everts Air Alaska / Everts Air Cargo
Empire Airlines
Florida West Airlines
Lynden Air Cargo
Centurion Cargo
Gulf & Caribbean Cargo
Hageland Aviation Service
Rhoades Aviation / Transair
Kalitta Charters II
Alaska Central Express
Arctic Transportation
Asia Pacific
MN Airlines
USA Jet Airlines
Bering Air
Peninsula Airways
Grant Aviation
National Air Cargo Group
Horizon Air
Mesa Airlines
Dynamic Airways
Wright Air Service
Yute Air / Flight Alaska
Era Aviation
Kalinin / Alaska Seaplanes
Ameristar Air Cargo
Seaborne Aviation
Air Flamenco
PSA Airlines
Star Marianas Air
Warbelow
Taquan Air Service
Island Air Service
Air Wisconsin Airlines
Envoy Air
Frontier Flying Service
Iliamna Air Taxi
Cape Air
Island Air Express
Spernak Airways
Omni Air International
Katmai Air
Bemidji Airlines
Pacific Airways
Piedmont Airlines
Vieques Air Link
Air Excursions
Swift Air
Smokey Bay Air
Tanana Air Service
Erickson Helicopters
40-Mile Air
Kenmore Air Harbor
Alaska Air Transit
New England Airlines
Ellis Air Taxi
Prescott Support Company
Endeavor Air
ExpressJet Airlines
Air Choice One
Compass Airlines
Island Air Hawaii
Harris Air Services
Ward Air
Reeve Air Alaska
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6,614,130
4,048,817
880,111
703,453
663,648
601,414
552,645
515,989
277,907
196,462
173,879
147,357
141,417
111,292
84,435
79,829
57,286
49,641
36,230
31,698
30,430
26,092
23,760
23,247
19,815
17,961
17,259
15,578
12,944
10,502
8,175
6,489
6,399
5,241
5,082
5,034
4,436
3,404
2,998
2,812
2,685
2,583
2,397
1,875
1,636
1,492
1,312
1,186
1,112
788
734
653
557
492
479
454
367
367
312
270
207
196
193
176
173
152
141
116
116
97
62
41
29
22
22
20
18
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7
5
4
2
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0
0
0
0
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0
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5,832,484
3,282,711
391,633
236,156
195,914
290,756
198,793
320,813
117,778
14,472
59,869
145,662
26,392
111,292
83,497
62,216
57,286
23,481
35,386
31,506
30,430
116
23,727
119
4,931
17,961
17,259
14,101
12,944
10,502
2,199
6,488
4,671
5,241
5,082
5,034
2,034
3,385
379
22
2,685
2,583
2,397
1,875
1,303
814
997
1,186
1,112
788
734
653
551
481
479
454
367
367
312
270
207
196
193
176
173
152
102
116
116
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22
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2
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781,647
766,105
488,478
467,297
467,735
310,658
353,852
195,176
160,129
181,990
114,010
1,695
115,025
0
938
17,613
0
26,160
844
192
0
25,976
33
23,127
14,884
0
0
1,477
0
0
5,976
0
1,728
0
0
0
2,402
19
2,619
2,789
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0
0
333
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314
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