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23-Feb-2010 1:22 PM

US airlines employ 3.3% less full time employees in Dec-2009

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:

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