Top 100 U.S. Airlines in 2020

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The following is a list of the Top 100 U.S. Airlines in 2020 ranked by both total no. of passengers carried and total tons of cargo transported. In 2020, airlines in the U.S. (excludes foreign carriers) carried a total of 373.9 million passengers - down 60.1% from 935.9M in 2019 - of which 339.1 million or 90.7% were domestic and the remaining 34.8 million or 9.3% were international. The large drop in passenger volumes was due to the COVID-19 pandemic. By cargo volumes (freight + mail), airlines in the U.S. transported 19.8 million tons - up 6.9% from 18.5M in 2019 - of which 14.7 million tons or 74.2% were domestic cargo and the remaining 5.1 million tons or 25.8% were international.

In 2020, the #1 airline by passengers was Southwest Airlines with 69.6 million equal to an 18.6% market share. Runner-up was American Airlines with 65.9 million passengers (17.6%) followed by Delta Air Lines in third place with 55.2 million (14.8%). United Airlines and SkyWest Airlines take 4th and 5th place with 38.0 million (10.2%) and 20.4 million passengers (5.4%), respectively. Since the 2013 American Airlines - US Airways merger, the U.S. has only had four major passenger air carriers.

In 2020, the #1 airline by tons of cargo transported was FedEx with 7.1 million tons equal to a 36.0% market share. Runner-up was UPS with 5.1 million tons (25.7%) followed by Atlas Air in third place with 1.8 million tons (9.3%). In the following spots, we have Kalitta Air (991,814 tons / 5.0%) and Air Transport International (636,358 tons / 3.2%).

Top 10 U.S. Airlines

Passengers (million)

Market Share

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

69.65 65.85 55.23 37.99 20.36 18.44 14.31 12.51 11.24 8.78

18.6% 17.6% 14.8% 10.2% 5.4% 4.9% 3.8% 3.3% 3.0% 2.3%

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

Top 100 U.S. Airlines 2020 | 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
American Airlines
Delta Air Lines
United Air Lines
SkyWest Airlines
Spirit Air Lines
JetBlue Airways
Alaska Airlines
Frontier Airlines
Republic Airline
Allegiant Air
Envoy Air
PSA Airlines
Endeavor Air
Mesa Airlines
Horizon Air
Hawaiian Airlines
Piedmont Airlines
MN Airlines
ExpressJet Airlines
Air Wisconsin Airlines
GoJet Airlines (United Express)
Commutair
Compass Airlines
Swift Air / Eastern Air Lines
Trans States Airlines
Silver Airways
Cape Air
Delux Public Charter
Omni Air International
Grant Aviation
Eastern Airlines (Dynamic Airways)
Mokulele Airlines
Contour Airlines
Boutique Air
Bering Air
Empire Airlines
Era Aviation
Seaborne Virgin Islands
Vieques Air Link
Wright Air Service
Star Marianas Air
Kalinin / Alaska Seaplanes
Tradewind Aviation
Hageland Aviation Service
Air Choice One
World Atlantic Airlines
Grand Canyon Airlines
Miami Air International
Kenmore Air Harbor
PM Air
New England Airlines
Advanced Air
Peninsula Airways
Ultimate Air Shuttle
Key Lime Air Corporation
Island Air Express
Airlift Alaska / Yute Commuter Serv.
Alaska Central Express
Island Air Service
Smokey Bay Air
Tropic Ocean Airways
Air Flamenco
Watermakers Air
City Wings / Seaflight
Iliamna Air Taxi
Silver Air
Atlas Air
KaiserAir
Elite Airways
Warbelow
Katmai Air
National Air Cargo (National Airlines)
Alaska Air Transit
Air Sunshine
Ryan Air (Arctic Transportation)
Tanana Air Service
Everts Air Alaska / Everts Air Cargo
Air Excursions
Spernak Airways
Ameristar Air Cargo
Maritime Helicopters
Taquan Air Service
Jet Aviation Flight Services
Mokulele Flight Services
Friday Harbor Seaplanes
40-Mile Air
Gem Air
Reeve Air Alaska
Ellis Air Taxi
Pacific Airways
Polaris Aviation Solutions
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373,858,214
69,648,658
65,850,257
55,234,993
37,988,036
20,363,777
18,438,658
14,312,438
12,506,576
11,237,449
8,779,586
8,710,091
8,137,042
8,015,287
7,067,583
6,870,715
3,778,813
3,296,050
1,981,496
1,865,390
1,676,016
1,443,108
1,212,277
1,031,951
789,905
657,272
604,647
255,430
255,112
225,220
133,071
114,424
111,217
101,319
98,615
92,255
70,674
67,414
58,041
56,161
50,049
46,105
45,287
38,698
37,964
34,062
31,842
31,460
25,869
25,347
25,144
25,070
25,063
21,884
20,757
19,632
17,894
17,647
17,287
17,038
14,921
9,603
9,095
8,369
8,212
7,254
7,034
6,521
6,136
5,997
5,898
5,839
4,511
4,452
4,278
4,097
3,843
3,693
3,587
3,435
3,192
3,154
2,835
2,743
2,723
2,355
1,906
700
373
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68,463,182
56,770,201
48,449,074
30,112,123
19,857,158
16,955,364
11,132,904
11,591,514
10,951,027
8,529,674
8,699,528
7,619,662
7,887,420
6,815,387
6,347,765
3,623,379
3,022,967
1,914,449
1,638,911
1,554,774
1,431,613
1,165,408
969,333
742,402
229,529
603,124
208,735
246,548
225,220
22,572
114,424
2,570
101,319
98,206
92,255
70,674
67,414
58,041
38,489
50,049
46,105
45,287
38,698
17,714
34,062
31,842
1,856
25,869
18,418
23,195
25,070
25,063
21,797
20,757
19,632
17,894
17,591
17,287
17,038
14,921
9,603
453
8,343
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7,254
7,034
5,309
5,851
5,787
5,898
5,839
4,511
3,273
4,278
1,312
3,843
3,693
3,587
3,435
3,192
3,154
2,835
2,743
2,423
2,355
1,906
700
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1,185,476
9,080,056
6,785,919
7,875,913
506,619
1,483,294
3,179,534
915,062
286,422
249,912
10,563
517,380
127,867
252,196
522,950
155,434
273,083
67,047
226,479
121,242
11,495
46,869
62,618
47,503
427,743
1,523
46,695
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110,499
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108,647
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8,212
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50.7%
65.1%
54.9%
61.8%
53.6%
68.4%
56.2%
53.4%
66.3%
54.9%
59.1%
63.0%
62.7%
48.8%
65.2%
52.5%
51.8%
57.4%
45.9%
60.1%
56.9%
60.8%
62.1%
67.1%
30.0%
69.8%
51.7%
35.8%
62.9%
49.0%
28.0%
40.8%
31.4%
31.3%
38.0%
26.6%
28.3%
49.4%
67.5%
31.2%
34.3%
46.3%
38.7%
61.5%
30.9%
32.3%
36.9%
78.9%
26.2%
47.4%
78.1%
48.2%
37.7%
46.4%
51.5%
23.0%
60.4%
20.9%
55.1%
23.9%
29.1%
24.6%
43.4%
53.5%
66.8%
24.7%
44.0%
8.1%
32.0%
44.4%
20.0%
56.2%
23.7%
35.8%
40.4%
6.5%
14.4%
17.5%
41.9%
32.4%
38.4%
14.7%
8.5%
16.1%
53.2%
41.5%
18.4%
27.3%
9.2%
12.5%
5.5%
62.5%
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6,321,793
897,608
617,759
614,718
364,229
590,871
143,292
169,073
149,977
88,652
214,926
85,228
212,628
181,479
210,808
139,502
94,780
40,418
69,034
21,831
52,361
50,736
37,699
33,234
15,489
14,141
17,336
11,253
81,376
11,939
1,357
53,182
801
36,374
11,356
30,350
30,314
28,267
3,557
5,945
12,774
17,981
17,067
12,331
7,714
13,785
12,309
550
3,720
558
6,286
3,208
6,510
6,011
994
1,271
3,510
3,248
17,630
15,525
11,165
6,605
4,616
4,641
1,704
1,206
3,732
1,512
35,247
269
225
3,455
919
1,076
1,326
1,128
23,721
3,782
7,794
1,001
2,847
872
2,631
4,854
1,324
492
578
950
194
220
380
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Top 100 U.S. Airlines 2020 | 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
Kalitta Air
Air Transport International
United Air Lines
Polar Air Cargo Airways
ABX Air
American Airlines
Southern Air
Delta Air Lines
Amerijet International
Western Global
Southwest Airlines
Northern Air Cargo
Sky Lease Cargo
Alaska Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines
Kalitta Charters II
MN Airlines
Aloha Air Cargo
Everts Air Alaska / Everts Air Cargo
Rhoades Aviation / Transair
Lynden Air Cargo Airlines
Empire Airlines
Gulf and Caribbean Cargo
National Air Cargo (National Airlines)
Alaska Central Express
Ryan Air (Arctic Transportation)
Asia Pacific
Bering Air
Grant Aviation
Swift Air / Eastern Air Lines
Wright Air Service
USA Jet Airlines
JetBlue Airways
Mesa Airlines
Horizon Air
Hageland Aviation Service
Kalinin / Alaska Seaplanes
Airlift Alaska / Yute Commuter Serv.
Ameristar Air Cargo
Air Flamenco
Star Marianas Air
Taquan Air Service
Island Air Service
Smokey Bay Air
Tanana Air Service
Iliamna Air Taxi
Island Air Express
Cape Air
Eastern Airlines (Dynamic Airways)
Warbelow
Spernak Airways
PSA Airlines
Envoy Air
Maritime Helicopters
Alaska Air Transit
Bemidji Airlines
Air Excursions
Piedmont Airlines
Era Aviation
Katmai Air
40-Mile Air
Omni Air International
Peninsula Airways
Tropic Ocean Airways
Ellis Air Taxi
New England Airlines
Kenmore Air Harbor
Spirit Air Lines
Pacific Airways
Prescott Support Company
Endeavor Air
Reeve Air Alaska
Advanced Air
Boutique Air
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19,760,672
7,116,976
5,081,365
1,828,385
991,814
636,358
629,589
598,416
438,653
388,677
384,668
342,877
224,063
217,969
137,519
102,993
78,667
74,633
54,684
51,990
49,020
42,541
36,626
36,320
32,507
32,317
24,710
23,431
16,623
12,827
10,310
9,897
8,075
6,177
5,903
4,569
3,666
3,476
3,064
2,237
2,145
1,965
1,387
1,257
1,236
1,037
807
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617
495
492
441
418
391
381
356
309
285
271
218
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201
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14,662,461
6,025,524
4,172,814
1,048,169
538,651
626,434
196,117
306,360
363,895
143,608
170,427
162,199
92,411
103,207
136,991
44,802
27,936
74,224
44,197
47,780
49,020
42,541
36,241
36,320
31,632
32,317
5,566
9,696
16,623
12,827
6,115
9,897
8,075
3,024
5,903
3,423
3,462
3,472
3,048
2,237
2,145
1,965
1,202
1,100
1,236
1,037
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285
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5,098,210
1,091,453
908,551
780,215
453,163
9,924
433,471
292,057
74,758
245,068
214,241
180,678
131,652
114,762
528
58,191
50,730
408
10,487
4,210
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876
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19,145
13,735
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4,196
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3,152
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1,146
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