February 2010 Employment Down 3.5 Percent from February
U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 3.5 percent fewer
workers in February 2010 than in February 2009, the 20th
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 Tuesday. FTE
calculations count two part-time employees as one full-time
BTS, a part of the Research and
Innovative Technology Administration, reported that the February
FTE total of 378,100 for the scheduled passenger carriers was
almost 13,600 below that of February 2009 and the lowest monthly
total for any month since at least 1990. Historic employment data
can be found on the BTS web site.
Five network airlines decreased employment from February 2009 to
February 2010. Delta Air Lines, after completing its merger
with Northwest Airlines, is reporting combined numbers in 2010
compared to separate reporting through December 2009. Network
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.
Southwest Airlines and AirTran were the only low-cost carriers
to report a decrease from February 2009. Regional carriers American
Eagle Airlines, SkyWest Airlines, Comair, Atlantic Southeast
Airlines, Pinnacle Airlines, Horizon Air, Mesa Airlines, Air
Wisconsin Airlines, Mesaba Airlines, Shuttle America, PSA Airlines
and Colgan Airlines also reported reduced employment levels
compared to last year.
Scheduled passenger airline categories include network,
low-cost, regional and other airlines. The six network airlines
employed 256,800 FTEs in February, 67.9 percent of the passenger
airline total, while low-cost carriers employed 16.9 percent and
regional carriers employed 13.7 percent.