Passenger Airline Employment For
October Down 0.4 Percent
December 18, 2010 -
This is the 28th consecutive decrease in full-time
equivalent employee (FTE) levels for the scheduled
passenger carriers from the same month of the previous
year. FTE calculations count two part-time employees as
one full-time employee.
BTS, a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, reported that the October FTE total of 378,112 for the scheduled passenger carriers was 1,601 below that of October 2009. Historic employment data can be found on the BTS web site.
Five network airlines ? American Airlines, US Airways, Alaska Airlines, Continental Airlines and United Airlines ? decreased employment from October 2009 to October 2010. The sixth network carrier, Delta Air Lines, after completing its merger with Northwest Airlines, is reporting combined employment numbers in 2010 and reported 1.0 percent more FTEs in October 2010 than the combined totals of both carriers for October 2009.
airlines operate a significant portion of their flights using at
least one hub where connections are made for flights to
down-line destinations or spoke cities.
carriers Lynx Airlines, Mesa Airlines, Horizon Air, Comair,
Mesaba Airlines, Shuttle America Airlines, and Executive
Airlines reported reduced employment levels compared to last
passenger airline categories include network, low-cost, regional
and other airlines. The six network airlines employed 255,890
FTEs in October, 67.7 percent of the passenger airline total,
while seven low-cost carriers employed 17.0 percent and 18
regional carriers employed 13.9 percent.
Delta employed the most FTEs in October among the network airlines, Southwest employed the most FTEs among low-cost airlines, and American Eagle Airlines employed the most FTEs among regional airlines. Six of the top 10 employers in the industry are network airlines.
October 2007 data, US Airways' numbers are combined with numbers for
America West Airlines in the network category.
For previous months, America West's numbers were included with
the low-cost airlines. -
-FTEs at the group of six network airlines decreased 1.2 percent in October 2010 compared to October 2009. The network airlines employed 3,141 fewer FTEs in October 2010 than in October 2009 (Table 8). Delta and Northwest reported separately in October 2009 while their reports were combined in October 2010.
Within the group,
all network carriers except Delta decreased FTEs from October 2009 to
airlines employed 7,151 fewer FTEs in October 2010 than in 2006 even
though America West's numbers were not combined with US Airways in the
network category until October 2007.
FTEs were up 3.0 percent in October 2010 from October 2009. All seven
low-cost airlines reported year-to-year increases: Virgin America, 20.2
percent; Frontier, 13.0 percent; Spirit, 12.6 percent; Allegiant, 7.4
percent; JetBlue, 4.1 percent; Southwest, 0.7 percent and AirTran, 0.2
The six low-cost
carriers reporting employment data in both 2006 and 2010 employed 10.1
percent more FTEs in October 2010 than in October 2006.
Allegiant reported the largest percentage increase, up 96.5
FTEs were up 0.5 percent in October 2010 compared to October 2009. Lynx,
down 69.5 percent and
The 15 regional
carriers reporting employment data in both 2006 and 2010 employed 11.4
percent fewer FTEs in 2010 than in 2006. Comair reported the largest
percentage decline, down 58.4 percent, followed by Atlantic Southeast
Airlines, down 34.7 percent, and Mesa Airlines, down 34.2 percent.
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