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on the fly: What are the busiest airlines and airports in Texas?

May 9, 2023

A look at the Texas, the Lone Star state.

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on the fly: What are the busiest airlines and airports in Texas?


In Texas, the stars at night shine big and bright. However, they are not the only thing that’s shining. The Lone Star state’s airline sector is one of the fastest growing of any state. Seat capacity from Texas airports has increased by roughly a third in the past decade, inching it ever closer to California, the country’s largest state airline market. Besides California, only Florida (which has also grown rapidly) has more airline seats than Texas.

Two of America’s largest airlines, American and Southwest, are both headquartered in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. These are also the state’s two largest airlines by seat capacity. United, with a hub in Houston, is large too. Delta itself once had a hub at Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport.

DFW and Houston are unsurprisingly the state’s two busiest markets, each with vibrant secondary airports (Love Field and Houston Hobby) in addition to their main gateways. The state’s fastest growing airport, however, is Austin. It’s not only the state capital but more importantly one of the country’s fastest growing areas in terms of population and economic output.

San Antonio, El Paso, and the oil hub Midland-Odessa are sizable airline markets too.

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