Airlines Continue To Be Strong Employment Sector
PHOTO: The airline industry, from pilots to cabin crew to mechanics and more, continues to thrive. (Photo courtesy of Alaska Airlines)
U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 3.9 percent more workers in June 2016 than in June 2015, according to U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) released Thursday.
That continues an upward trend that solidifies the airline industry as a strong employment sector – it was the 32nd consecutive month that U.S. scheduled passenger airline full-time equivalent (FTE) employment exceeded the same month of the previous year.
The network airlines – Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines – employed 3.8 percent more FTEs in June 2016 than in June 2015. Network airlines are defined as carriers who fly a significant portion of their flights using at least one hub where connections are made.
But you don’t have to work for a large airline to see the growth.
The six low-cost U.S.-based carriers – Allegiant Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Virgin America, Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways – reported 11 percent more FTEs in June 2016 than in June 2015.
Even regional carriers grew. PSA Airlines, Compass Airlines, Mesa Airlines, GoJet Airlines, Republic Airlines, Endeavor Air, SkyWest Airlines and Horizon Air reported 0.9 percent more FTEs in June 2016 than in June 2015.
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