US Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) stated (15-Dec-2009) US passenger airline employment levels fell 3.7% year-on-year in Oct-2009 – representing the 16th consecutive monthly decline in full time equivalent employee (FTE) levels. Details include:
- Full time equivalent employee levels: 379,800, -3.7% year-on-year;
- Network: 259,000, -2.8%;
- LCCs: 62,400, -0.4%;
- Regional: 52,100, -10.1%.
According to BTS, American Airlines employed the largest number of full time equivalent employees among the network carriers in Oct-2009, at 66,900 employees. Details of US network airlines’ full time equivalent employee levels include:
- American: 66,900, -5.0% year-on-year;
- Delta: 49,000, +7.3%;
- United: 44,100, -6.6%;
- Continental: 33,300, -3.7%;
- US Airways: 30,000, -4.0%;
- Northwest: 26,500, -4.4%;
- Alaska: 9,300, -5.7%.
Meanwhile, Southwest Airlines employed the largest number of full time equivalent employees among the low cost carriers in Oct-2009, at 34,748 employees. Details of US low cost airlines’ full time equivalent employee levels include: