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United States Department of Transportation United States Department of Transportation

Mid-October Airline Employment Down 29,000 from Mid-September

Thursday, December 3, 2020
Thursday: December 3, 2020

U.S. airlines employed 673,278 workers in the middle of October 2020, 28,790 fewer than in mid-September 2020 and 81,749 fewer than in March 2020. The October numbers consist of 562,570 full-time and 110,708 part-time workers.

Regulations require airlines to report employment numbers to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics for employees who worked or received pay for any part of the pay period(s) ending nearest the 15th day of the month. Numbers include all paid employees but do not include employees not being paid.

Airlines receiving funds under CARES Act, implemented in April, were required to refrain from imposing involuntary furloughs on US-based employees or reducing employee pay or benefits through Sept. 30. 

Total employment (full-time + part-time) by U.S. airlines (passenger + cargo carriers):

October 2019                          749,382                      
September 2020                      702,068
October 2020                          673,278
 

Major Airlines' Total Employees, March 2020 and October 2020

Includes Full-time and Part-time Employees

 
Mar-20
Oct-20
Change in
Employees
Percent
Change
Alaska
17,912
16,647
-1,265
-7.1
Allegiant
4,487
4,152
-335
-7.5
American
109,108
90,846
-18,262
-16.7
Atlas
3,121
3,434
313
10.0
Delta
89,980
61,229
-28,751
-32.0
Envoy
16,781
14,928
-1,853
-11.0
Federal Express
7,492
260,306
15,296
6.2
Frontier
5,181
5,019
-162
-3.1
Hawaiian
7,492
6,520
-972
-13.0
JetBlue
21,546
19,248
-2,298
-10.7
Kalitta
2,013
2,143
130
6.5
Polar Air Cargo
226
230
4
1.8
Republic
6,519
5,817
-702
-10.8
SkyWest
20,544
19,325
-1,219
-5.9
Southwest
62,081
58,134
-3,947
-6.4
Spirit
9,213
8,929
-284
-3.1
United
91,563
62,320
-29,243
-31.9
United Parcel Service6,2796,4261472.3
Major Airline Total719,056645,653-73,403-10.2

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Airline Employment Data (P1a)

Major Carrier: Over $1 billion annual operating revenue

Additional individual airline numbers are available on the BTS airline employment web page. The web page provides full-time and part-time employment numbers by carrier by month from 1990 through October 2020.

Reports are from all U.S. airlines including scheduled passenger, charter and cargo that meet the reporting standard. Airlines that operate at least one aircraft that has more than 60 seats or the capacity to carry a payload of passengers, cargo and fuel weighing more than 18,000 pounds must report monthly employment statistics.

The next web update for full-time and part-time employment is scheduled for Jan. 7. The BTS press release on full-time equivalent employment for scheduled passenger airlines through October, with historic comparisons and summary tables will be issued Dec. 11.

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