Which airline do Arizona residents prefer the most?

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Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport, located in Arizona, is ranked 12th in the United States for total passenger count, making it one of the largest airports in the country.

Sky Harbor airport in the capital city of Arizona serves 21.9 million passengers and is a key hub for American Airlines from Dallas, as well as a focus city for Southwest Airlines, also headquartered in Dallas. Consequently, residents of Arizona typically prefer these two airlines over others, considering them to be the top choices in the state.

American Airlines narrowly claimed the top position at Sky Harbor from September 2022 to August 2023, holding a 34.57% market share compared to Southwest’s 34.42%. Likewise, at Tucson International Airport, the second largest airport in Arizona, American Airlines maintained a 4.64% lead over Southwest.

Yengols.com utilized Google Trends to temporarily shift their focus from Arizona sports betting to investigate the most popular airlines among residents of Arizona. By analyzing search data for each airline from December to March, they were able to determine which airlines were most preferred by the state’s residents.

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Top 5 Airlines in Arizona Rated by Preference

RankAirlineInterest Over Time
1American Airlines92
2Delta Air Lines49
3Southwest Airlines36
4Spirit Airlines20
5United Airlines18

American Airlines Tops List of Best Airlines in Arizona

In Arizona, American Airlines was the top choice among travelers with a search interest score of 92, which was nearly twice as high as the score of second place Delta Air Lines (49). Southwest Airlines came in third with a search interest score of 36, followed by Spirit Airlines at 20, and United Airlines at 18.

In the period between September 2022 and August 2023, American Airlines led in passenger numbers at both Sky Harbor and Tucson International airports, carrying 15,102,000 and 1,062,000 passengers respectively. Southwest Airlines closely followed with 15,036,000 passengers at Sky Harbor and 898,000 at Tucson International. Delta Airlines ranked third with 3,225,000 passengers at Sky Harbor and 358,000 at Tucson International, while United Airlines transported 2,528,000 passengers at Sky Harbor and 286,000 at Tucson International. Spirit Airlines only operates at Sky Harbor and did not report its passenger numbers for Tucson International.

Over the past three years, there has been a consistent increase in air traffic numbers in both Phoenix and Tucson. In Phoenix, the figures have risen from 38,846,713 in 2021 to 44,397,854 in 2022, and 58,872,974 in 2023. Similarly, Tucson has seen a growth in numbers from 2,283,777 in 2021 to 2,257,581 in 2022, and 3,317,494 in 2023. This upward trend is likely to attract the attention of airlines operating in Arizona, much like the surge in popularity of betting apps in the state.

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Peterson Christopher

With over seven years of experience covering sports and sports betting in Arizona for ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly, and the Green Valley News, Peterson Christopher now heads the writing team at yengols.com.

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