What were the top 10 largest airlines at LAX in 2013?

As we mentioned yesterday, Los Angeles International Airport last year recorded its highest passenger traffic since 2000. And it appears on its way to breaking a new traffic record in 2014. Could it reach 70 million passengers? It’s very possible.

The table below shows the largest 10 airlines at LAX in 2013. You’ll notice the the seventh-largest airline, Skywest, isn’t really an airline at all — at least in the traditional sense. It’s a commuter airline, and it flies as United Express, Delta Connection and American Eagle. (As well as US Airways Express and Alaska Airlines, though not from L.A.)

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  • AMK

    The Alaska Airlines international numbers caught my eye. Would those be passengers flown on their own metal or on a partner airline ? Do they really fly more passengers out of LAX direct to Mexico & Canada, than say United that also flies to Europe, Asia & Australia out of LAX. Very interesting if thats the case.

    • Intelligent Thinker

      That caught my eye too at first glance, but they do have a lot of short haul flying to Latin American and Mexico. United just has 787s to PVG/NRT, 777 to LHR, 747 to SYD and then a few short haul flights, so it makes sense.

  • Brian Sumers

    I believe this data is accurate. Alaska has a huge number of international flights from LAX. Here’s what I see today: Mexico City (2), Guadalajara (2), Vancouver (3), San Jose Cabo, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan.

  • KPN

    Thanks for this Brian. How do the market share statistics compare with previous years? It appears that Delta is gaining ground steadily. Also while possibly topping 70 million this year would be great it also shows the regionalization plan (dispersing air traffic to ONT, etc) is clearly not working. Would be interesting to hear your thoughts on this Brian.

    • Brian Sumers

      I’m relatively new to this beat, and I did not cover the push toward regionalization several years ago. But from what I understand it might have been a misguided strategy. It’s nearly impossible for cities and airport authorities to tell airlines where to put their planes. Major airlines like LAX because it provides them with scale and connectivity. It’s also geographically very close to where much of the area’s money is. At this point, airlines don’t really see the economics of having large operations at Ontario and Burbank. I don’t believe any amount of political lobbying will persuade them otherwise. This does not mean the region’s other airports will never bounce back. If airlines decide once again that they’re ready to invest outside of the nation’s largest airports, Burbank and Ontario can recover. (Long Beach is a little different for reasons we can cover another time.)

      As for Delta, you’re right. The airline is making a play for L.A. I’m watching it closely. I think Delta is OK with being No. 3 here, but it wants to be a stronger No. 3.