Airline employment falls in February 2013

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By Victoria April 26, 2013 11:40

Airline employment falls in February 2013

 

US scheduled passenger airlines employed 380,159 workers in February 2013, 2.5 percent fewer than in February 2012, the US Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has reported. February was the sixth consecutive month that full-time equivalent (FTE) employment for US scheduled passenger carriers was below that of the same month of the previous year, following 21 months of increases from the same month of the previous year (December 2010 through August 2012). 

BTS, a part of the Department’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration, reported that the February 2013 FTE total for scheduled passenger carriers was 9,742 fewer than in February 2012 and down 2.9 percent from the recent February high of 391,596 in February 2009. Scheduled passenger airline categories include network, low-cost, regional and other airlines.  

The five network airlines that collectively employ two-thirds of the scheduled passenger airline FTEs reported 3.0 percent fewer FTEs in February 2013 than in February 2012, the seventh consecutive decline from the same month of the previous year for the group. Delta Air Lines reduced FTEs by 3.7 percent from February 2012. American Airlines reduced FTEs by 9.1 percent over the same period. United Airlines reported a total of 82,414 FTEs in February 2013, 0.6 percent more FTEs than in February 2012. US Airways reported 0.4 percent more FTEs while Alaska Airlines increased FTEs by 3.3 percent from February 2012. Network airlines operate a significant portion of flights using at least one hub where connections are made for flights to down-line destinations or spoke cities. 

Four of the six low-cost carriers, Allegiant Airlines, Virgin America Airlines, Spirit Airlines and JetBlue Airways, reported an increase in FTEs. Southwest Airlines, following its merger with AirTran Airways, reported 45,857 FTEs in February 2013, 0.2 percent less than the two airlines reported separately in February 2012. Frontier Airlines also reported fewer FTEs. Low-cost airlines operate under a low-cost business model, with infrastructure and aircraft operating costs below the overall industry average. 

Victoria
By Victoria April 26, 2013 11:40
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