A relatively easy way to tell which airlines are most active at which airports?

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    I'm trying to get a general idea of what airlines are most active (i.e. most flights daily) into and out of particular airports. Is there any resource that someone could point me in the direction of?

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    If you interested in only a few airports, you could try their own websites. For smaller airports, the complete schedule is likely to be displayed and you could eyeball it quickly to get the info you want.
     
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    Good suggestion left. Generally speaking if an airport is a "hub" or "focus city" for a particular carrier they will most likely be the dominant carrier at that airport. Not always true, but a decent place to start.

    Granted at an international airport like LAX, or BOS, where this is not "hub" but good/decent service on several air carriers, this may not be the case.
     
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    Wikipedia also has kind of what I'm looking for but I worry a bit about its accuracy.

    LAS
    LAX
    FRA
     
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    I would also worry about whether it is up to date. Some of these things can change quickly.
     
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    This would be my suggestion as well. Some airport sites make it easy - for example, my home airport, FLL, publishes detailed breakdowns and updates them fairly frequently:

    http://www.broward.org/Airport/About/Pages/Statistics.aspx
     
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    Typing "XYZ airport" into Google will usually get you to the official airport site in the first few results. Probably more reliable that Wiki. ;)
     
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    It usually works for me without even typing the word airport, just the three-letter code.
     
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    Thanks for the responses all. Looks like it will just take some digging.

    I want my cake and eat it to. I want a list of airlines along with volume of daily flights for each airline. ;)
     
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    I've found that works very well with Google and Bing maps.
     
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    I guess what I'm looking for is a search tool that would allow me to say "Ok, how many daily flights (on average) does American Airlines have from LAS or SEA, etc." Perhaps even better, "How many OneWorld flights are there from (insert airport here) on average?"

    Like I said, the information is out there, it's just not in one convenient place.
     
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    I've always simply noted in the past that the airline with the most gates is generally the most active as well..
    Very old technology.. probably still works! ;)
    Have a super trip :)
     
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    You should realize that there might not be the same number of flights every day of the week. Also, do you care about number of flights or number of seats?
     
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    I'm not sure about number of flights (will take digging), but farereport.com lists market shares for individual domestic flight paths. For example with SFO to SLC:



    U.S. Deptartment of Transportation's Consumer Fare Report:
    Route: Approximately 599 miles each way with 656 daily passengers
    Fares:
    Average one-way fare: $133 Average cost per mile: $0.23
    Fare Look-up: Compare Fares on this Route



    Airline with the Largest
    Market Share:

    - Delta

    - Average Fare: $131

    - Market Share: 43%


    Airline with the Lowest
    Average Fare:

    - Jet Blue
    - Average Fare: $104
    - Market Share: 23%

    Source: Office of Aviation Analysis, U.S. Department of Transportation

    It doesn't tell you specifics, but lets you know that Delta likely operates the most flights on this path or serves the largest volume of people. I guess you could always check with the US DOT to find out more.

     
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