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Regional airlines in the United States - statistics & facts

A hallmark of modern life, air travel exerted various business patterns to fulfil the demands and desires of people. As a distinct business type, regional airlines operate mostly in partnership with international airlines. Regional aviation helps to enlarge airline connectivity in the U.S. by offering major air carriers the possibility to increase their market share. In simple terms, regional airlines perform as a private entity or subsidiary of major air carriers to deliver services to the hubs of major airlines, such as American Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Besides, regional airlines perform on smaller passenger aircraft, with a seat range from 20 to 100. This kind of air carriers facilitate people living in remote communities to get connected to larger airports, thus, enabling passengers to benefit from the global aviation network. When considered globally, the Asia Pacific and North American regional airlines are the most active, with Latin American and African ones trying to catch up.

Operational performance and economic contribution of regional airlines in the U.S.

The search for an optimal business model in regional aviation continues since the 1940s and experienced multidimensional changes. Without a unique market trend, the operational performance of U.S. regional airlines is moderately dispersed. For instance, the total number of passengers carried by regional carriers did not increase over the recent decade, fluctuating at around 155 million passengers enplaned in the U.S. During that period, the number of daily departures decreased by roughly 30 percent. On the other hand, regional carriers improved their passenger load factor and revenue passenger miles between 2006 and 2018. In general, the point-to-point operational system and contracted operations of regional air carriers provide a distinct market position to regional carriers. Yet, the realization of full market potential is far from simple and close to being a convoluted journey full of ups and downs.

U.S. firms providing regional air carrier services

Similar to the aggregate industry results, the disaggregated firm dynamics in U.S. regional airlines look quite alike with diverging trends. As the market leader, SkyWest’s passenger traffic declined over the recent decade, down to 43.6 million travelers transported in 2019. Yet, some regional air carriers performed remarkably well. Passengers carried by PSA Airlines increased more than seven-fold in the recent 15 years. By contrast, some of the regional carriers in the U.S., such as Mesa Airlines, experienced a V-shaped recovery and reached a new apex in 2019. We know that international aviation is in constant improvement; however, this does not seem to be the case for the regional aviation industry. The abovementioned market trends indicate that it is unsure if the stagnant market operations of the U.S. regional aviation is due to less interest in regional air travel, the poor performance of firms, or less competitive market dynamics.

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Regional airlines in the United States - statistics & facts

A hallmark of modern life, air travel exerted various business patterns to fulfil the demands and desires of people. As a distinct business type, regional airlines operate mostly in partnership with international airlines. Regional aviation helps to enlarge airline connectivity in the U.S. by offering major air carriers the possibility to increase their market share. In simple terms, regional airlines perform as a private entity or subsidiary of major air carriers to deliver services to the hubs of major airlines, such as American Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Besides, regional airlines perform on smaller passenger aircraft, with a seat range from 20 to 100. This kind of air carriers facilitate people living in remote communities to get connected to larger airports, thus, enabling passengers to benefit from the global aviation network. When considered globally, the Asia Pacific and North American regional airlines are the most active, with Latin American and African ones trying to catch up.

Operational performance and economic contribution of regional airlines in the U.S.

The search for an optimal business model in regional aviation continues since the 1940s and experienced multidimensional changes. Without a unique market trend, the operational performance of U.S. regional airlines is moderately dispersed. For instance, the total number of passengers carried by regional carriers did not increase over the recent decade, fluctuating at around 155 million passengers enplaned in the U.S. During that period, the number of daily departures decreased by roughly 30 percent. On the other hand, regional carriers improved their passenger load factor and revenue passenger miles between 2006 and 2018. In general, the point-to-point operational system and contracted operations of regional air carriers provide a distinct market position to regional carriers. Yet, the realization of full market potential is far from simple and close to being a convoluted journey full of ups and downs.

U.S. firms providing regional air carrier services

Similar to the aggregate industry results, the disaggregated firm dynamics in U.S. regional airlines look quite alike with diverging trends. As the market leader, SkyWest’s passenger traffic declined over the recent decade, down to 43.6 million travelers transported in 2019. Yet, some regional air carriers performed remarkably well. Passengers carried by PSA Airlines increased more than seven-fold in the recent 15 years. By contrast, some of the regional carriers in the U.S., such as Mesa Airlines, experienced a V-shaped recovery and reached a new apex in 2019. We know that international aviation is in constant improvement; however, this does not seem to be the case for the regional aviation industry. The abovementioned market trends indicate that it is unsure if the stagnant market operations of the U.S. regional aviation is due to less interest in regional air travel, the poor performance of firms, or less competitive market dynamics.

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