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16-Dec-2009 1:28 PM

US Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports 3.7% fall in Oct-2009 airline employment

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:

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