The 12 regional carriers reported 0.1 percent more FTEs
in June 2015 than in June 2014. Nine regional airlines –
PSA Airlines, Shuttle America,
Mesa Airlines, Compass Airlines, Horizon Air, Republic
Airlines, GoJet Airlines, SkyWest and Envoy – reported
increased employment levels. The others reported
decreases. Month-to-month, the number of regional
airline FTEs declined 0.2 percent from May to June.
Regional carriers typically provide service from small
cities, using primarily regional jets to support the
network carriers’ hub and spoke systems.
Carrier Groups: The five network airlines employed 66.9
percent of the 396,973 FTEs employed by all scheduled
passenger airlines in June, the six low-cost carriers
employed 18.8 percent and the 12 regional carriers
employed 12.7 percent (Table 4). The three airlines with
the most FTEs in June – United, Delta and American –
employed 55.8 percent of the month’s total passenger
Top Employers by Group: Delta employed the most FTEs
(79,130) in June among the network airlines, Southwest
employed the most FTEs (47,645) among low-cost airlines,
and Envoy employed the most FTEs (10,773) among regional
airlines. Four of the top five employers in the industry
are network airlines.
Airline Mergers: Airlines that announce mergers
typically begin joint reporting following U.S.
Department of Transportation approval and issuance of a
single economic certificate. American and US Airways
will begin reporting jointly with the report of July
employment numbers. The airlines announced a merger in
Network Airlines - The network airlines employed 3.1
percent more FTEs in June 2015 than in June 2014 and 1.3
percent more FTEs in June 2015 than in June 2011.
Low-Cost Airlines - The six low-cost airlines employed
4.9 percent more FTEs in June 2015 than in June 2014 and
10.9 percent more FTEs in June 2015 than in June 2011.
Regional Airlines - Regional airlines employed 0.1
percent more FTEs in June 2015 than in June 2014.
The 12 regional carriers reporting in June 2015
employed 4.9 percent fewer FTEs in June 2015 than the 17
carriers reporting in June 2011.
Airlines that operate at least one aircraft that has
more than 60 seats or the capacity to carry a payload of
passengers, cargo and fuel weighing more than 18,000
pounds must report monthly employment statistics.
“Other Carrier” category generally reflects those
airlines that operate within specific niche markets such
as the Hawaiian Islands served by Hawaiian Airlines and
Island Air Hawaii.
are compiled from monthly reports filed with BTS by
commercial air carriers as of Aug. 12. Additional
airline employment data and previous press releases can
be found on the BTS website. BTS has scheduled release
of July passenger airline employment data for Sept. 14.