Florida’s Seasonal Swings
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Florida is a good example of how airline markets can be highly seasonal. Looking at this year’s flight schedules in Cirium Diio, airlines offered 23.5m seats into and out of Florida in March, but only 18.2m in September, a difference of almost 30%. The first quarter of the year (January, February, and March) is the state’s peak tourist season. The fall, by contrast, is the slowest season, partly because of hurricane risk.
Below is a look at the March vs. September schedules for some major U.S. and Canadian airlines. It shows a sharp difference between the two months. The difference is more extreme at some airlines, like Allegiant, Sun Country, and the Canadian carriers.
American is Florida’s largest airline by total seats. If and when JetBlue completes its merger with Spirit, the combined entity will rank number two. The state’s busiest airports by seats (not shown here) are Orlando, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Fort Myers, and West Palm Beach.
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