Airlines trim more workers

by Wally Northway

Published: November 24,2009

Tags: air travel, employment, federal agency, jobs, recession, travel, unemployment

U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 4.4 percent fewer workers in Sept. 2009 than in Sept. 2008, the 15th consecutive decrease in full-time equivalent employee (FTE) levels for the scheduled passenger carriers from the same month of the previous year, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported. BTS reported that the September FTE total of 380,014 for the scheduled passenger carriers was 17,380 below Sept. 2008 and the lowest total for any month since 1993.

All the network airlines decreased employment from Sept. 2008 to Sept. 2009 as did low-cost carriers Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines and Frontier Airlines. Regional carriers American Eagle Airlines, SkyWest Airlines, ExpressJet Airlines, Comair, Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Pinnacle Airlines, Horizon Air, Mesa Airlines, Air Wisconsin Airlines and Colgan Airlines also reported reduced employment levels compared to last year.

The seven network airlines employed 254,866 FTEs in September, 67.1 percent of the passenger airline total, while low-cost carriers employed 16.4 percent and regional carriers employed 14.7 percent.

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