Airline Weekly (subscription only) ran charts this week with data from Diio Mi showing the number of scheduled seats departing various airports for the largest U.S. airlines in the second quarter, and the year-over-year growth (or retrenchment) that represents.
Some fascinating take-aways:
- American Airlines customers in Charlotte should now realize they don’t need to fear for the future of their hub post-merger integration, Charlotte is the airline’s second biggest city and seat capacity there is growing. It may not see transatlantic growth but it’s the only gateway to the Southeast to rival Delta’s Atlanta.
We cannot say the same for legacy US Airways hubs Philadelphia or Phoenix which will both see fewer seats in the second quarter. There’s some pullback at New York LaGuardia, and American’s New York JFK operation will be down 9% (and American offers fewer seats there than at LaGuardia).
- Capacity at Delta is fairly steady state in the second quarter, notching up a bit at Salt Lake and LaGuardia and double digits off a much smaller base in Boston.
- United is growing across the board — up 4 to 8 percent in Chicago, Newark, Denver, San Francisco, and Washington Dulles. They’re growing in Chicago while American is not. I had not realized that Chicago O’Hare offers more departing seats for United than Newark or Houston.
- JetBlue is growing gangbusters in Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Long Beach, and Newark.
- Like JetBlue, Spirit is doubling down in Fort Lauderdale, adding 18% seats year-over-year in the second quarter to the airport that already is the airline’s biggest operation. They’re also betting heavily on Orlando. (Meanwhile Frontier is growing 35% in Orlando as well.)
- Alaska, which continues to offer more than twice as many seats out of Seattle than Delta does even though Delta is flying widebodies internationally, will grow there and in Portland, Los Angeles, and San Francisco — and a whopping 17% in San Diego and 30% in San Jose (though those operations remain only about a tenth as large as in Seattle).