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19-Aug-2009 9:48 AM

US airline employment levels fall 6.3% in Jun-2009

US Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) stated (18-Aug-2009) US passenger airline employment levels fell 6.3% year-on-year in Jun-2009 – representing the 12th consecutive decline in full time equivalent employee (FTE) levels. Details include:

  • Full time equivalent employee levels: 388,400, -6.3% year-on-year;
    • Network: 260,800, -7.8%;
    • Low cost: 64,100, +1.8%;
    • Regional: 56,600, -7.2%.

Among the network carriers, American Airlines employed the largest number of full time equivalent employees at 68,300 employees. Details of US network airlines’ full time equivalent employee levels include:

  • Total: 260,800, -7.8% year-on-year;
    • American: 68,300, -6.6%;
    • Delta: 45,600, -7.0%;
    • United: 45,200, -12.4%;
    • Continental: 35,400, -3.4%;
    • US Airways: 31,100, -5.6%;
    • Northwest: 25,700, -12.2%;
    • Alaska: 9,500, -6.0%.

Meanwhile, Southwest Airlines employed the largest number of full time equivalent employees among the low cost carriers, at 35,411 employees. Details of US low cost airlines’ full time equivalent employee levels include:

  • Total: 64,133, +1.8% year-on-year;
    • Southwest: 35,296, +2.9%;
    • JetBlue: 10,776, +2.4%;
    • AirTran: 8,200, -1.0%;
    • Frontier: 4,391, -11.3%;
    • Spirit: 2,538, +3.5%;
    • Allegiant: 1,485, +14.3%;
    • Virgin America: 1,449, +21.9%. [more]

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