Top 100 U.S. Airlines in 2017

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Ranked by Passenger & Cargo Volumes

The following is a list of the Top 100 U.S. Airlines in 2017 ranked by both total no. of passengers carried and total tons of cargo transported. In 2017, airlines in the U.S. (excludes foreign carriers) carried a total of 860.6 million passengers (up 3.0% from 835.3M in 2016) of which 752.3 million or 87.4% were domestic and the remaining 108.3 million or 12.6% were international. In terms of cargo (freight + mail), airlines in the U.S. transported 17.5 million tons (up 7.7% from 16.2M in 2016) of which 12.5 million tons or 71.5% were domestic cargo and the remaining 5.0 million tons or 28.5% were international.

In 2017, the #1 airline by passengers was Southwest Airlines with 162.5 million equal to an 18.9% market share. Runner-up was Delta Air Lines with 146.0 million passengers (17.0%) followed by American Airlines in third place with 145.7 million (16.9%). With 107.6 million (12.5%) and 40.1 million passengers (4.7%), United Airlines and JetBlue Airways take 4th and 5th place, respectively. Since the 2013 American Airlines - US Airways merger, the U.S. has only had four major passenger air carriers.

In 2017, the #1 airline by tons of cargo transported was FedEx with 6.7 million tons equal to a 38.5% market share. Runner-up was UPS with 4.3 million tons (24.5%) followed by Atlas Air in third place with 1.3 million tons (7.4%). In the following places, we have major network carriers like United Airlines (821,439 tons / 4.7%) and American Airlines (759,570 tons / 4.3%).

Top 10 U.S. Airlines

Passengers (million)

Market Share

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

162.49 145.95 145.70 107.57 40.13 35.87 26.68 24.18 17.01 16.96

18.9% 17.0% 16.9% 12.5% 4.7% 4.2% 3.1% 2.8% 2.0% 2.0%

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

Top 100 U.S. Airlines 2017 | By No. of Passengers Carried

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Airline Name

Passengers (PAX)

Domestic PAX

Int'l PAX

Load Factor

# Flights

Seats per Aircraft

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

860,636,558
162,491,995
145,953,127
145,699,773
107,571,934
40,126,380
35,866,120
26,675,462
24,179,608
17,012,374
16,961,696
15,529,107
13,448,330
12,667,451
12,397,076
11,812,792
11,797,801
11,307,483
8,441,850
7,058,663
6,068,314
5,311,805
3,604,094
3,466,119
3,056,108
3,019,683
1,594,609
644,712
644,079
618,524
537,855
449,888
321,527
316,093
305,079
261,405
251,286
245,948
220,804
205,154
187,855
150,982
141,656
127,233
118,162
109,820
107,186
89,550
83,851
78,089
78,044
75,380
70,555
66,661
64,754
63,846
63,569
63,550
61,883
60,349
55,292
53,055
45,376
44,121
43,537
36,788
32,487
30,299
26,485
25,675
21,933
21,122
16,732
15,603
13,937
12,909
12,725
12,136
11,080
10,109
8,923
8,880
8,452
7,532
7,075
6,996
6,857
6,245
5,401
5,356
4,184
3,371
2,421
2,313
1,913
1,580
771
427
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322
270

752,337,734
158,624,196
121,442,853
117,307,318
80,962,675
32,508,127
34,143,957
24,654,002
22,337,536
16,171,207
15,816,822
14,256,838
12,079,720
12,630,788
12,316,340
10,730,097
11,080,466
10,043,721
8,259,384
6,494,420
5,619,320
5,002,199
3,309,210
3,269,768
3,037,487
2,615,888
1,594,609
441,164
219,193
591,533
537,855
449,804
321,527
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305,079
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251,286
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205,154
187,855
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118,162
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104,002
89,550
83,851
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78,044
75,380
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64,754
63,846
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61,883
60,349
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52,958
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32,487
30,299
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25,675
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21,122
16,732
15,603
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12,909
12,725
10,342
11,080
7,376
2,093
8,880
8,452
7,532
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6,996
6,857
6,245
4,559
5,253
4,184
3,371
2,421
2,313
0
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427
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270

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3,867,799
24,510,274
28,392,455
26,609,259
7,618,253
1,722,163
2,021,460
1,842,072
841,167
1,144,874
1,272,269
1,368,610
36,663
80,736
1,082,695
717,335
1,263,762
182,466
564,243
448,994
309,606
294,884
196,351
18,621
403,795
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424,886
26,991
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0
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123,692
29,794
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1,794
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80.9%
84.8%
82.8%
83.3%
82.2%
78.7%
82.0%
82.3%
86.5%
75.2%
77.2%
79.9%
77.5%
83.3%
76.3%
78.3%
79.7%
82.0%
78.4%
79.8%
78.6%
77.5%
79.1%
75.3%
78.9%
78.5%
63.9%
39.3%
58.1%
71.4%
56.2%
39.6%
59.2%
49.2%
60.5%
86.0%
70.5%
63.7%
50.9%
66.1%
32.9%
26.5%
64.0%
31.8%
38.5%
49.6%
59.4%
56.4%
56.2%
36.0%
55.5%
37.7%
48.4%
25.9%
51.4%
59.3%
47.1%
30.9%
61.9%
55.5%
57.3%
59.4%
60.8%
54.6%
36.5%
54.5%
76.0%
10.2%
43.0%
31.6%
62.7%
70.0%
36.0%
62.9%
35.1%
61.8%
29.3%
38.9%
79.1%
30.9%
49.6%
64.9%
32.5%
52.1%
27.7%
49.2%
35.2%
24.1%
34.5%
27.1%
24.9%
34.8%
11.6%
32.2%
28.2%
30.8%
38.9%
18.1%
26.3%
18.5%

9,759,311
1,348,272
1,067,223
1,080,339
748,903
354,380
732,281
203,416
164,241
107,080
304,071
361,990
222,139
245,263
88,544
262,271
232,822
85,837
71,512
118,457
100,238
95,288
93,055
87,656
87,164
24,709
45,559
30,648
9,790
104,038
13,532
24,136
103,293
3,179
19,010
16,496
22,194
38,787
2,035
31,025
35,504
2,686
3,455
936
48,467
32,099
15,167
25,641
17,646
2,779
25,944
4,118
709
18,865
5,818
14,827
11,903
15,649
9,737
3,252
1,720
10,197
9,555
2,419
11,243
11,197
7,717
3,988
22,681
11,940
11,238
3,744
2,656
7,329
317
5,011
2,834
3,822
3,168
530
3,204
2,629
1,447
4,141
1,065
3,185
12,391
3,997
2,067
1,147
6,735
2,266
682
14,659
39
1,051
625
120
255
380
208

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163
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138
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179
184
74
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76
67
168
59
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165
144
76
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71
50
50
47
155
45
33
167
10
56
33
8
168
33
26
13
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170
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8
171
155
212
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6
8
50
8
33
264
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43
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9
9
21
30
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30
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11
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11
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9
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8
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11
14
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10
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Top 100 U.S. Airlines 2017 | By Tons of Cargo (freight + mail) Carried

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Airline Name

Freight (t)

Domestic Freight (t)

Int'l
Freight (t)

GRAND TOTAL
Federal Express (FedEx)
United Parcel Service (UPS)
Atlas Air
United Airlines
American Airlines
Delta Air Lines
Polar Air Cargo Airways
ABX Air Inc
Kalitta Air
Air Transport International
Southern Air
Amerijet International
Southwest Airlines
Sky Lease Cargo
Hawaiian Airlines
Alaska Airlines
Western Global
Aloha Air Cargo
Northern Air Cargo
Everts Air Alaska / Everts Air Cargo
Empire Airlines
National Air Cargo
Kalitta Charters II
Rhoades Aviation / Transair
Lynden Air Cargo
Gulf and Caribbean Cargo
Hageland Aviation Service
Alaska Central Express
Arctic Transportation
Asia Pacific
USA Jet Airlines
MN Airlines
Bering Air
Florida West Airlines
Grant Aviation
Mesa Airlines
Horizon Air
Era Aviation
Wright Air Service
Peninsula Airways
Kalinin / Alaska Seaplanes
Ameristar Air Cargo
Air Flamenco
Star Marianas Air
PSA Airlines
Swift Air
Frontier Flying Service
Warbelow
Taquan Air Service
Island Air Service
Smokey Bay Air
Envoy Air
Iliamna Air Taxi
Spernak Airways
Cape Air
Omni Air International
Island Air Express
Yute Air / Flight Alaska
Bemidji Airlines
Air Excursions
Piedmont Airlines
Air Wisconsin Airlines
Pacific Airways
Katmai Air
Vieques Air Link
Tanana Air Service
Airlift Alaska / Yute Commuter Serv.
Harris Air Services
Prescott Support Company
40-Mile Air
Kenmore Air Harbor
Erickson Helicopters
Ellis Air Taxi
New England Airlines
Alaska Air Transit
Compass Airlines
Endeavor Air
ExpressJet Airlines
Ward Air
Reeve Air Alaska
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17,495,156
6,734,522
4,279,022
1,291,020
821,439
759,570
608,412
533,717
531,804
390,912
271,574
180,676
163,598
146,238
121,495
100,974
88,490
79,678
55,093
34,732
33,618
29,398
28,809
27,609
26,531
23,305
21,591
18,209
13,537
9,781
8,978
8,332
7,641
5,513
4,535
4,401
3,205
3,180
2,619
2,612
2,367
2,063
1,720
1,382
1,154
1,006
903
785
778
755
645
511
491
427
426
410
389
362
315
263
254
236
227
215
124
102
88
74
63
48
43
37
23
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21
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18
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12,515,177
5,828,282
3,467,324
666,244
274,242
219,825
223,910
226,736
346,464
194,997
269,326
62,078
37,389
146,194
10,283
76,676
88,014
37,965
55,093
34,284
32,832
29,398
14,655
24,746
26,531
23,070
5,323
18,209
13,537
9,781
3,138
4,891
7,641
5,513
0
4,401
421
3,172
2,619
2,612
2,367
2,063
1,195
989
1,154
1,005
440
785
778
755
645
511
469
427
426
410
389
362
315
263
254
236
225
215
124
102
88
74
63
31
43
33
23
22
21
20
18
15
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4,979,979
906,241
811,697
624,776
547,197
539,745
384,502
306,981
185,340
195,915
2,248
118,598
126,209
44
111,211
24,298
476
41,714
0
447
785
0
14,155
2,863
0
235
16,268
0
0
0
5,840
3,441
0
0
4,535
0
2,783
7
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0
0
524
393
0
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