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21-Oct-2009 1:27 PM

US airline employment levels down 5.5% in Aug-2009

US Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) stated (20-Oct-2009) US passenger airline employment levels fell 5.5% year-on-year in Aug-2009 – representing the fourteenth consecutive decline in full time equivalent employee (FTE) levels. Details include:

  • Full time equivalent employee levels: 384,400, -5.5% year-on-year;
    • Network: 258,600, -6.4%;
    • LCCs: 62,800, -0.2%;
    • Regional: 56,200, -6.8%.

According to BTS, American Airlines employed the largest number of full time equivalent employees among the network carriers in Aug-2009, at 67,800 employees. Details of US network airlines’ full time equivalent employee levels include:

  • American: 67,800, -6.5% year-on-year;
  • Delta: 45,900, -2.8%;
  • United: 45,600, -8.4%;
  • Continental: 33,900, -4.6%;
  • US Airways: 30,600, -5.1%;
  • Northwest: 25,400, -11.9%;
  • Alaska: 9,400, -6.2%.

Meanwhile, Southwest Airlines employed the largest number of full time equivalent employees among the low cost carriers in Aug-2009, at 34,660 employees. Details of US low cost airlines’ full time equivalent employee levels include:

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