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Unfortunately, Compass Airlines ceased operations in April 2020. However, there are many other airlines that fly on behalf of American Eagle. You can find flights by using our search form or clicking on the American Eagle logo below.

About Compass Airlines

Compass Airlines was a US airline that operated regional flights on behalf of other US airlines. In its time, the airline operated flights on behalf of Northwest Airlink, Delta Connection and — most recently — American Eagle. The airline mainly flew state-wide within the US but also flew to other parts of North and Central America. It usually had around 50 destinations within its route network at one time. The airline had different bases throughout its time. It's most recent base was at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which it used when it operated for American Eagle. Before that, it was based at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP).

Compass Airlines only ever flew on behalf of other airlines. This means that it did not use its own branding on any of its flights and instead used the branding of the carrier that it was flying for.

The airline was created in 2006 and flew its first flight the following year when it flew from Minneapolis-St.Paul to Washington D.C on behalf of Northwest Airlink. Initially, the airline was a full-subsidiary of Northwest Airlink and then of Delta Connection when it was sold to Delta Air Lines. In 2010, the airline was bought by Trans State Holdings, who contracted the airline out to American Eagle up until it ceased operations in 2020.

The airline officially stopped flying on April 5th 2020 and was one of the many airlines that ceased operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Baggage Allowance

The baggage allowance that passengers were given on Compass Airlines flights depending on which carrier it was operating on the behalf of. For example, here is the baggage allowance that it allowed for when operating as American Eagle.

Carry-on Baggage

Passengers were given an allowance of one free carry-on bag and one free personal item.

The personal item must have fit within the dimensions of 18 x 14 x 8 inches (45 x 35 x 20 cm).

The carry-on bag must have fit within the dimensions of 22 x 14 x 9 inches (56 x 36 x 23 cm).

Checked Baggage

Passengers were not given a free checked baggage allowance. However, checked baggage was available to purchase. The cost of checked baggage depended on the route flown.

Cabin Classes

Economy Class

For the majority of the time that it was active, Compass Airlines only flew with an Economy Class cabin. The cabin was clean, comfortable and offered a simple service with no frills. Economy Class was perfect for passengers that were looking for a cheap and safe way to travel short-haul.


Seats were set out in a 2 x 2 formation, ensuring that each passenger was seated either by the window or aisle.

Food & Drink

Compass Airlines ran a basic in-flight food and drink service, which consisted of light snacks and drinks. Food and drink were not complimentary and was able to purchase once in-flight.

Passengers could expect to see items such as sandwiches, potato chips, candy and hot, cold and alcoholic drinks on the menu.

Check In


Whether there was online check-in depending on the airline that Compass Airlines was operating on behalf. For example, when it operated as Delta Connection and American Eagle, online check-in was available through the Delta Air Lines and American Airlines website respectively.


Alternatively, if passengers needed to check-in at the airport, they could do so by visiting one of the check-in agents at the airline check-in desk. Passengers were required to provide their e-ticket and passport (if travelling internationally) or government-issued photo-ID (if travelling domestically).

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Destinations that Compass Airlines flew to

The airline flew to several destinations across the US, Canada, Mexico and to parts of Central America. The following table lists the destinations that it flew to on behalf of Delta Connection.

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Hub Airport

Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is an international airport in Los Angeles, California and is the hub airport for Compass Airlines. Los Angeles International was the hub for Compass Airlines when it flew on behalf as American Eagle, which was the majority of the time that it was active. The airline was based at this airport between 2010–2020. Before Los Angeles, the airline was based at Minneapolis-St Paul International.

Los Angeles International is currently a hub for Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Atlas Air, Delta and United.


At the time that it ceased operations, Compass Airlines had a fleet of 56 Embraer E175 aircraft.

Previously, it flew Bombardier CRJ200 and Embraer E170 aircraft.