Enplaned passengers on domestic flights - airlines in U.S. 2011-2019

Over 508 million passengers boarded the listed U.S. airlines in 2019, with the majority of enplaned passengers riding with Southwest Airlines, which had over 158.4 million enplanements in 2019.  


Southwest Airlines: additional information

   Southwest Airlines was the airline with the most enplanements each year since 2011, with Delta Air Lines consistently coming in second. In 2019, Southwest Airlines had a customer satisfaction index score above the average for American airline companies. The number of passengers using each of these airlines increased over the years, potentially indicating an overall increase in passenger air transportation. 


Rise in air travel

   Passenger air travel has grown yearly since 2009, a trend estimated to continue through 2020. The regions with the highest estimated annual growth rates are Africa, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific. These regions include the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), five major emerging national economies with expanding air transportation industries.  

Leading airlines in the United States from 2011 to 2019, ranked by domestic passenger enplanements

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United States

Survey time period

2011 to 2019

Supplementary notes

To retrieve the data for each carrier, select the carrier's name and press Submit.
The values have been rounded.
** American Airlines 2015 passenger number includes 24.78 million passengers reported as US Airways from January to June 2015, before the merger of the two carriers.
U.S Airways 2014 and 2015 passenger numbers were retrieved from the following link. To access the data, select December 2015 as month and US Airways as carrier.

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