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January 17, 2022updated 02 Mar 2022 10:11am

The largest airlines in the Americas in 2020

By Carmen

Airport Technology lists the top ten airlines in the Americas as measured by number of seats sold, based on GlobalData’s air transportation database.

1. Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines was the busiest airline in the Americas having sold 66.7 million seats in 2020.

Southwest Airlines (Southwest Airlines) is a provider of passenger airline services. The company provides point-to-point flight services that offer direct nonstop routing as compared to hub-and-spoke service.

2. American Airlines Group

With 61.5 million seats sold in 2020, American Airlines Group was the second busiest airline in the Americas.

American Airlines Group (AAG) is a provider of passenger airline services. It provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo.

3. Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines was the third busiest airline in the Americas having sold 50.4 million seats in 2020.

Delta Air Lines (Delta Air Lines) is an airline company. The company provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo.

4. United Airlines Holdings

With 31.7 million seats sold in 2020, United Airlines Holdings was the fourth busiest airline in the Americas.

United Airlines Holdings (UAL) is an airline holding company. The company offers passenger and cargo transportation services.

5. LATAM Airlines Group

LATAM Airlines Group was the fifth busiest airline in the Americas having sold 23.4 million seats in 2020.

LATAM Airlines Group (LATAM), formerly LAN Airlines SA, provides passenger transport and cargo services. LATAM, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers domestic and international passenger services, load monitoring, check-in and checkout, and inflight entertainment services.

6. Skywest Airlines

With 19.8 million seats sold in 2020, Skywest Airlines was the sixth busiest airline in the Americas.

Skywest Airlines (Skywest) is an airlines and travel agent in Australia. It is headquartered in Perth, Western Australia, Australia.

7. Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines is the seventh busiest airline in the Americas having sold 16.9 million seats in 2020.

Spirit Airlines (Spirit) is an airline company, operating low-fare flights. The company provides affordable travel service to price-conscious customers at base fares.

8. Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes

With 16.7 million seats sold in 2020, Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes was the eighth busiest airline in the Americas.

Gol Airlines is a low-cost airline service platform. The company offers both scheduled passenger and cargo air transportation services.

9. Concesionaria Vuela Compania de Aviacion

Concesionaria Vuela Compania de Aviacion was the ninth busiest airline in the Americas having sold 13.6 million seats in 2020.

Concesionaria Vuela Compania de Aviacion (Volaris) is a low-cost air transportation service provider. The company offers shuttle services, car rental, hotel bookings, aircraft transport services, online flight reservations, baggage warranty, cargo and courier services, trip assistance and other related services.

10. LATAM Airlines GroupAirways Corp

With 11.4 million seats sold in 2020, LATAM Airlines GroupAirways Corp was the tenth busiest airline in the Americas.

LATAM Airlines Group SA (LATAM), formerly LAN Airlines SA, provides passenger transport and cargo services. LATAM, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers domestic and international passenger services, load monitoring, check-in and checkout, and inflight entertainment services.

Methodology:

This analysis is drawn from GlobalData’s Air Transportation Database, part of GlobalData’s Travel & Tourism Intelligence Centre.

Verdict’s parent company GlobalData provides business information to 4,000 of the world’s largest companies.

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