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23-Sep-2009 12:23 PM

US airline employment levels down 5.9% in Jul-2009

US Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) stated (22-Sep-2009) US passenger airline employment levels fell 5.9% year-on-year in Jul-2009 – representing the 13th consecutive monthly decline in full time equivalent employee (FTE) levels. Details include:

  • Full time equivalent employee levels: 386,900, -5.9% year-on-year;
  • Network: 260,800, -7.8%;
  • Low cost: 64,100, +1.8%;
  • Regional: 56,600, -7.2%.

According to BTS, American Airlines employed the largest number of full time equivalent employees among the network carriers in Jul-2009, at 68,100 employees. Details of US network airlines’ full time equivalent employee levels include:

  • Total full-time equivalent employees: 260,500, -7.1% year-on-year;
    • American: 68,100, -6.9%;
    • Delta: 45,900, -4.4%;
    • United: 45,300, -11.0%;
    • Continental: 35,000, -4.0%;
    • US Airways: 31,200, -4.4%;
    • Northwest: 25,500, -12.5%;
    • Alaska: 9,500, -6.0%.

Meanwhile, Southwest Airlines employed the largest number of full time equivalent employees among the low cost carriers in Jul-2009, at 34,931 employees. Details of US low cost airlines’ full time equivalent employee levels include:

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