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American Airlines Cut 8.4 Percent of Jobs in June, Leading U.S. Airlines in Trims

Aug 27, 2013 11:00 am

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Mainline airlines have been trimming their fuel-inefficient regional flights because of a fuel-price spike, and the led to a 4.4% reduction in jobs at regional airlines in June.

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Airline employment has dropped from last summer because of job cuts at American Airlines and regional carriers that use smaller planes.

The U.S. Department of Transportation says that airlines employed the equivalent of 381,441 workers in June, down 2.4 percent from the same month last year. It’s the 10th straight month of declines.

The DOT says American is cutting jobs by 8.4 percent compared with a year ago as it goes through bankruptcy. It’s trying to merge with US Airways.

Regional airlines have cut jobs by 4.4 percent from last year. The department says that’s because the big airlines have responded to higher fuel costs by cutting regional flights that use less-efficient small planes.

To calculate airline employment, the Transportation Department counts two part-time jobs as one full-time position.

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Network Airline Full-time Equivalent Employees*, June 2009-2013
(Full-time Equivalents for June of each year. Ranked by June 2013 FTEs)

Rank / Airline 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Percent Change
2009-2013 2012-2013
1 UA/CO Combined 80,618 76,430 76,812 82,565 82,498 2.3 -0.1
United** 45,221 43,597 43,152 82,565 82,498 N/A -0.1
Continental** 35,397 32,833 33,660 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2 DL/NW Combined 71,338 75,550 78,346 77,541 74,546 4.5 -3.9
Delta*** 45,589 75,550 78,346 77,541 74,546 N/A -3.9
Northwest*** 25,749 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
3 American 68,275 65,893 66,479 64,581 59,163 -13.3 -8.4
4 US Airways 31,059 29,512 30,010 30,393 31,020 -0.1 2.1
5 Alaska 9,521 9,191 9,043 9,222 9,564 0.5 3.7
Total 260,811 256,576 260,689 264,301 256,790 -1.5 -2.8

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

* Full-time Equivalent Employee (FTE) calculations count two part-time employees as one full-time employee.

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