OAG reveals fastest growing North American airports




Flight information provider OAG has released the list of North America´s Fastest Growing Airports 2018, ranking the region´s fastest growing hub airports and mid-sized airports based on percentage growth in departing seat capacity between May 2017 and April 2018, the company said.

The fastest growing North American hub is Fort Lauderdale (FLL), which grew 11 percent, or two million seats, over the 12-month period. The airport´s growth was driven primarily by low-cost carriers (LCCs). Collectively, JetBlue, Southwest and Spirit Airlines combined operate two-thirds of total capacity at FLL, each with roughly similar market share. Southwest was the fastest growing airline of the group, adding 32 percent more capacity than the previous year. The fastest growing route from Fort Lauderdale is to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), which operates 50 flights per day.

Newark (EWR) finished as the second fastest-growing hub airport in the region, with eight percent growth and 1.4 million new departing seats. Newark is United Airlines´ third largest hub after Chicago´s O´Hare International Airport (ORD) and Houston´s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). United also controlled 65 percent of capacity at the airport over the 12-month period evaluated by OAG.

Orlando International Airport (MCO) increased its seat capacity by 7 percent, finishing as the third fastest-growing hub airport. MCO experienced growth from several major airline carriers in 2017-2018, with Southwest, Delta Airlines and Spirit Airlines combining to add 115,000 seats. Boston (BOS) finished fourth and San Francisco (SFO) fifth, both with a six percent growth in seat capacity.

After Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International (CVG), which grew 18 percent this year, the second fastest-growing mid-sized airport is Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) with 16 percent growth.

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