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The Largest Airlines in North America

The North American airlines American Airlines is not only the largest one in the continent but also in the world by passenger traffic.

The airline industry all over the world is generating high revenues due to the low oil prices and more efficiency brought about by the rampant technological advancements. The population of North America is approximately 565 million, and is home to some of the largest airlines in the world due to the high demand. Many of the largest airlines in North America have been in existence for more than 90 years.

American Airlines

The largest passenger airline in North America is American Airlines. In 2016 alone, American Airlines was boarded by 197.8 million passengers traveling to various destinations in the world. This high demand for the airline generated an income revenue of about US$ 40.18 billion. American Airlines facilitates over 6,700 flights daily and is an employment of over 110,000 people. It has a fleet size of 939 which is the highest among the four largest airlines in North America. America Airlines flies to 350 destinations in the world.

Delta Air Lines

The second largest airline by passengers enplaned in North America is Delta Air Lines. The airline, which was founded more than 90 years ago, has been distinctively successful. It is responsible for about 5,400 flights per day and in the year 2016 ferried over 183 million passengers. The airline’s headquarter is in Atlanta, Georgia. In the year 2016, Delta Airlines generated US$ 39.6 billion income revenue. Delta Air Lines employs about 80,000 employees and has a fleet size of 856.

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines is the third largest in North America with 723 fleets, 3400 flights per day and over 151.7 million passengers as at the end of the year 2016. In the year 2016, Southwest Airlines generated US$ 20.4 billion. South West airline has employed 53,536 people. Its headquarters can be found in Dallas, Texas. Southwest Airlines flies to 101 destinations.

United Airlines

The fourth largest airline in North America is United Airlines whose parent company is United Continental Holdings. Its headquarters are in Chicago, Illinois and it has a total of 86,000 employees. In the year 2016, United Airlines generated revenue worth US$ 36.556 billion. The United Airlines had over 143 million passengers using its services in the year 2016.

Which Are The Largest Airlines In North America?

RankAirlineCountryNumber of enplaned passengers, 2016FleetDestinations
1American AirlinesUnited States198,714,575932339
2Delta Air LinesUnited States183,741,787842322
3Southwest AirlinesUnited States151,740,357723101
4United AirlinesUnited States143,177,000729342
5Air CanadaCanada44,849,000168182
6Alaska AirlinesUnited States41,945,000286118
7JetBlue AirwaysUnited States38,263,10422797
8WestJetCanada22,000,00011991
10Spirit AirlinesUnited States21,618,0399557

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