Florida’s #1 airline is American Airlines; Southwest cut capacity

In late 2019, Spirit Airlines began another route from Tampa International: to Indianapolis. The carrier is now Tampa’s fifth-largest airline, with 2.5 million seats.

American Airlines is by far Florida’s largest airline.  In 2019, the carrier had 53 million seats to, from, and within the state – or almost one-quarter of Florida’s 225 million total.  American Airlines’ strength is, of course, mainly from its large Miami hub at which it had 34 million seats last year. 

Florida's largest airline is American; Atlanta now 20 million seats

Source: OAG Schedules Analyser.

Miami makes American Airlines the largest carrier both domestically and internationally. And the airline grew strongly YOY by absolute seats, up 921,000 from increases at multiple Florida airports. This contrasts with second-placed Southwest, whose seats declined by almost 600,000 YOY.  This was in part from a 467,000 cut in capacity at Orlando from multiple route reductions and eliminations, the latter including Newark. This month, January 2020, sees Southwest end New York LGA and long-distance service to Oakland, San Jose, and Sacramento. However, its reductions were counterbalanced by increases to the likes of fast-growing Austin and Nashville. Despite Southwest’s cuts, Orlando’s total seats grew by 3.3 million YOY.

Atlanta has almost as many Florida seats as Newark, LGA and JFK combined

The dominance of American Airlines is not necessarily immediately perceived from Florida’s top-10 routes.

Top-10 routes (total seats) Top-10 destinations (total seats)
Atlanta – Orlando 3.5 million Atlanta 20.7 million
Atlanta – Fort Lauderdale 3.1 million Charlotte 8.2 million
Atlanta – Tampa 2.8 million Newark 8.1 million
Newark – Orlando 2.4 million Dallas DFW 7.5 million
Philadelphia – Orlando 2.1 million Chicago ORD 7.0 million
Atlanta – Miami 2.1 million New York LGA 6.8 million
Miami – New York LGA 1.9 million New York JFK 6.4 million
Atlanta – Jacksonville 1.8 million Philadelphia 5.9 million
Chicago ORD – Orlando 1.8 million Boston 5.9 million
Orlando – San Juan 1.7 million Washington DCA 4.2 million
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser.

Atlanta is by far Florida’s number-one destination with nearly 21 million seats last year.  Charlotte, meanwhile, another well-positioned hub for Florida, had two-and-a-half times fewer seats to/from Florida despite serving the same number of airports as Atlanta.  This is from a combination of fewer airlines serving the state from American Airlines’ North Carolina hub, a much higher concentration of regional jets (5% from Atlanta and 21% from Charlotte), and lower frequencies.

Delta has 135 daily flights Atlanta – Florida

Six airlines operate between the Georgia capital and the Sunshine State with 178 flights each day, each way in the week of 6th January 2020. However, it’s obviously all about Delta, which serves 16 airports in Florida, as below, with 135 daily flights.

Florida's largest airline is American; Atlanta now 20 million seats (2)

Source: OAG Mapper.

OAG Traffic Analyser shows that, last year, ~77% of Delta’s passengers from Florida to Atlanta transited at its Atlanta hub. Predictably, smaller Florida airports have the most connecting passengers, with the highest percentages being Destin-Fort Walton Beach (92%), Key West (90%), and Pensacola (90%).  With 70%, Miami and Orlando see the least – but still a very high amount.  Indeed, in traffic terms, it’s estimated that 4.4 million of a total 5.7 million passengers connected with Delta over Atlanta. Delta’s top-five connecting routes are Memphis – Orlando (28,000), Orlando – Pensacola (19,800), Jacksonville – Los Angeles (19,600), Jacksonville – New Orleans (18,900), and Jacksonville – Norfolk (18,400).

Florida is the host of ACI’s 2020 Air Service Data Seminar from where anna.aero is reporting this week.


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