Airline industry in the U.S.

Alexander Fishkov

Alexander Fishkov, Ph.D. student Computer Science

The United States has an extensive airline transportation network. According to statistics from Airports Council International, 12 of the world’s largest airports by passenger traffic are located in the U.S. In fact, the world’s busiest airport is Hartsfield–Jackson in Atlanta, Georgia; over 100 million passengers went through this airport in 2015 (a 5.5 percent increase over the previous year).

The airline industry in the U.S. has grown by at least 35 percent since 2009, bringing in $127 billion in revenue as of 2015. According to Airlines for America, the U.S. airline industry as a whole generates $1.5 trillion in economic activity and provides 11 million jobs.

Three U.S. airline companies appear in the top 10 largest airlines worldwide. Delta Airlines was the first in 2015, generating $40.5 billion in revenue. Another U.S.-based company, United Continental Holdings (which controls United Airlines), came in second, making $37.5 billion in 2015. The last U.S. company to make the top 10 was Southwest Airlines, which earned $20.2 billion and resides in sixth place.

By domestic market share in 2015, the largest U.S. airline companies are Southwest, Delta, American and United. While Delta has their main airport in Atlanta, United Airlines uses George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston as their main passenger hub. Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas, Texas is home to American Airlines’ primary hub in terms of the number of flights and destinations. Unlike other major airlines, Southwest does not a use hub-based system, opting instead for point-to-point flights.

In the past five years, Delta’s domestic market share dropped only slightly, from 16.5 percent to 14 percent. Southwest Airlines held 17 percent of the market in 2015, a loss of 3 percent from 2010. United Airlines lost 4 percent of the market in 2014 and now holds around 7 percent. U.S. Airways and American Airlines became a single company in 2015; their combined market share now reaches 16.5 percent.

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About Alexander Fishkov

Alexander Fishkov

Alexander Fishkov, Ph.D. student Computer Science

Alexander is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science. He currently holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Applied Math. He has experience working for industry major companies performing research in the fields of machine learning, data mining and natural language processing. In his free time, Alexander enjoys hiking, Nordic skiing and traveling.

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