US Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) stated (22-Feb-2010) US passenger airline employment levels fell 3.3% year-on-year in Dec-2009 – representing the eighteenth consecutive decline in full time equivalent employee (FTE) levels. Details include:
- Full time equivalent employee levels: 379,100, -3.3% year-on-year;
- Network: 258,100, -2.5%;
- LCCs: 62,600, stable;
- Regional: 52,700, -8.9%.
According to BTS, American Airlines employed the largest number of full time equivalent employees among the network carriers in Dec-2009, at 66,700 employees. Details of US network airlines’ full time equivalent employee levels include:
- American: 66,700, -4.9% year-on-year;
- Delta: 49,000, +7.8%;
- United: 43,900, -4.0%;
- Continental: 33,200, -3.9%;
- US Airways: 29,900, -4.6%;
- Northwest: 26,200, -6.1%;
- Alaska: 9,300, -3.1%.
Meanwhile, Southwest Airlines employed the largest number of full time equivalent employees among the low cost carriers in Dec-2009, at 34,726 employees. Details of US low cost airlines’ full time equivalent employee levels include: