Top 30 AA Stations

Old May 30, 17, 10:49 am
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Top 30 AA Stations

The "Surprising Airports with No Lounge Access..." thread got me thinking ... can we compile a current list of the 30 largest AA stations in order by number of flights (including Eagle)? My guess is it would start with DFW, CTL, ORD, MIA, but I don't have data to back that up, nor do I know where the remaining hubs fall and what the largest non-hub outstation are.

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Old May 30, 17, 11:33 am
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I think the list is a good idea however the passenger count might matter more... For example, I think MKE receives 15 or so AA flights per day and LHR receives 18, however, MKE is CRJs and smaller aircraft but LHR is all widebodies, so there are much more seats on the route making LHR a more valuable airport.
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Old May 30, 17, 11:34 am
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Originally Posted by AAflyerORD View Post
I think the list is a good idea however the passenger count might matter more... For example, I think MKE receives 15 or so AA flights per day and LHR receives 18, however, MKE is CRJs and smaller aircraft but LHR is all widebodies, so there are much more seats on the route making LHR a more valuable airport.
True ... maybe two lists then? :-)
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Also, I'm sure AA ranks its hubs and outstations based on revenue. Which are AA's most valuable (revenue-generating) stations? I believe EZE is one...probably NRT.

And how do you determine this rank? Tickets sold in the market? Revenue at ticket counters?
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Old May 30, 17, 12:58 pm
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Very easy to do with a Diio subscription...would you like mainline departures only, mainline + regional, or also include codeshares (i.e. AA operated by AS, BA, QF, CX, LA, etc, etc)
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Originally Posted by AAerSTL View Post
Very easy to do with a Diio subscription...would you like mainline departures only, mainline + regional, or also include codeshares (i.e. AA operated by AS, BA, QF, CX, LA, etc, etc)
If one were looking at this, seems to me passenger count is the relevant issue and mainline + regional is the relevant combination, and codeshares are excluded.

Then, there is the questions of O&D vs connections ....
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As a general point, with the size and scale of the big three legacy carriers now, a 50+ daily departure station is hardly unique anymore. A decade ago, a station the size of SNA/SFO/BOS would have an outsized rank and be notable as those are/were markets that AA has historically been strong in. With the sheer size and scale of the network today and nine domestic hubs it's not as significant of a distinction.The top-30 stations in most cases are the Top 30 MSAs, but their relative ordering varies based on operational, historical strength, etc.
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I'm sure things have changed, but as a starting point here are some top-10 2015 numbers from a 06 December 2016 article in USA Today about AA:

Busiest airports (by passengers, 2015)
1. Dallas/Fort Worth
2. Charlotte
3. Miami
4. Chicago O’Hare
5. Philadelphia
6. Phoenix
7. Los Angeles
8. New York LaGuardia
9. New York JFK
10. Washington Reagan National

Busiest airports (by scheduled departures, 2015)
1. Dallas/Fort Worth (284,223)
2. Charlotte (231,591)
3. Chicago O'Hare (165,279)
4. Philadelphia (156,456)
5. Miami (117,162)
6. Phoenix (100,968)
7. Washington Reagan National (84,832)
8. Los Angeles (66,076)
9. New York LaGuardia (54,617)
10. New York JFK (34,649)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/trave...bers/95014004/
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Originally Posted by AAerSTL View Post
Very easy to do with a Diio subscription...would you like mainline departures only, mainline + regional, or also include codeshares (i.e. AA operated by AS, BA, QF, CX, LA, etc, etc)
Mainline + regional, but excluding codeshares, please.
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To what end? Why such a specific number (30), and specific needs for mainline+regional? Just curious.
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To what end? Why such a specific number (30), and specific needs for mainline+regional? Just curious.
The end would be 30. As far as your questions, I don't have specific answers as to why I chose those parameters other than that's what interests me, and I'm the OP. If you're interested in other metrics or parameters, call them out and maybe someone can help with yet another list.
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Originally Posted by AAway View Post
Mainline + regional, but excluding codeshares, please.
Sunday, June 4, 2017:

  1. AA DFW 761
  2. AA CLT 662
  3. AA ORD 474
  4. AA PHL 384
  5. AA MIA 340
  6. AA PHX 292
  7. AA DCA 235
  8. AA LAX 208
  9. AA LGA 141
  10. AA JFK 97
  11. AA BOS 85
  12. AA SFO 53
  13. AA MCO 52
  14. AA RDU 52
  15. AA CMH 47
  16. AA ATL 46
  17. AA BNA 46
  18. AA LAS 45
  19. AA PIT 43
  20. AA STL 40
  21. AA IND 39
  22. AA DTW 38
  23. AA DEN 36
  24. AA TPA 36
  25. AA IAH 35
  26. AA SAN 34
  27. AA SEA 33
  28. AA AUS 32
  29. AA CVG 32
  30. AA CLE 31
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Originally Posted by AAerSTL View Post
Sunday, June 4, 2017:

  1. AA DFW 761 (CLUB)
  2. AA CLT 662 (CLUB)
  3. AA ORD 474 (CLUB)
  4. AA PHL 384 (CLUB)
  5. AA MIA 340 (CLUB)
  6. AA PHX 292 (CLUB)
  7. AA DCA 235 (CLUB)
  8. AA LAX 208 (CLUB)
  9. AA LGA 141 (CLUB)
  10. AA JFK 97 (CLUB)
  11. AA BOS 85 (CLUB)
  12. AA SFO 53 (CLUB)
  13. AA MCO 52 (CLUB)
  14. AA RDU 52 (CLUB)
  15. AA CMH 47
  16. AA ATL 46 (CLUB)
  17. AA BNA 46 (CLUB)
  18. AA LAS 45
  19. AA PIT 43 (CLUB)
  20. AA STL 40 (CLUB)
  21. AA IND 39
  22. AA DTW 38
  23. AA DEN 36 (CLUB)
  24. AA TPA 36 (CLUB)
  25. AA IAH 35 (CLUB)
  26. AA SAN 34 (CLUB - CONTRACT)
  27. AA SEA 33 (CLUB)
  28. AA AUS 32 (CLUB)
  29. AA CVG 32
  30. AA CLE 31
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SEA Admirals Club above gate A7 closed in 2005 and is now a UA club. SEA is an affiliate agreement with AS, the Amex Centurion Studio and of course there are several Priortity Pass lounges. (plus BA but they're notorious for denying access to OW elites traveling solely on partners)
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CMH's position shocked me. Had no idea they had that many flights.
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