US scheduled passenger airlines employed 1.7 percent less employees in August 2010 as compared to in August 2009, the DOT announced.
Five network air carriers lowered employment from August 2009 to August 2010. The 6th carrier, Delta Airlines, right after completing its merging with Northwest Airlines, reported total employment figures in 2010 and documented 6.2 percent additional FTEs in August 2010 than the combined totals of both companies for August 2009.
AirTran had been the sole low-cost carrier to record a fall in workforce from August 2009. 6 low-cost air carriers reported a rise in employment. Regional carriers Comair, Horizon Air, Mesa, Air Wisconsin, Mesaba, Shuttle America and Lynx also revealed decreased employment amounts when compared with the previous year.
Delta employed the most full-time employees in August among the network airlines; Southwest employed the most among budget air carriers, and American Eagle employed the most for regional providers.
The biggest fall in full-time workers from 2006 to 2010 was at United, down 17.9 per cent, and then American, down 10.4 percent, DOT said.
Source: US Aviation Job Losses