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October 2010 Passenger Airline Employment Down 0.4 Percent from October 2009

October 2010 Passenger Airline Employment Down 0.4 Percent from October 2009

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 0.4 percent fewer workers in October 2010 than in October 2009, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today. This is the 28th consecutive decrease in full-time equivalent employee (FTE) levels for the scheduled passenger carriers from the same month of the previous year (Tables 1, 2). FTE calculations count two part-time employees as one full-time employee.

BTS, a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, reported that the October FTE total of 378,112 for the scheduled passenger carriers was 1,601 below that of October 2009 (Table 3). Historic employment data can be found on the BTS web site.

Five network airlines American Airlines, US Airways, Alaska Airlines, Continental Airlines and United Airlines decreased employment from October 2009 to October 2010. The sixth network carrier, Delta Air Lines, after completing its merger with Northwest Airlines, is reporting combined employment numbers in 2010 and reported 1.0 percent more FTEs in October 2010 than the combined totals of both carriers for October 2009 (Table 9). 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.

All seven low-cost carriers reported more FTEs in October 2010 than in October 2009. They are Virgin America Airlines; Frontier Airlines; Spirit Airlines; Allegiant Air; JetBlue Airways; Southwest Airlines; and AirTran Airways (Table 12).

Regional carriers Lynx Airlines, Mesa Airlines, Horizon Air, Comair, Mesaba Airlines, Shuttle America Airlines, and Executive Airlines reported reduced employment levels compared to last year (Table 15).

Scheduled passenger airline categories include network, low-cost, regional and other airlines.

The six network airlines employed 255,890 FTEs in October, 67.7 percent of the passenger airline total, while seven low-cost carriers employed 17.0 percent and 18 regional carriers employed 13.9 percent (Table 4).

Delta employed the most FTEs in October among the network airlines, Southwest employed the most FTEs among low-cost airlines, and American Eagle Airlines employed the most FTEs among regional airlines. Six of the top 10 employers in the industry are network airlines (Table 6).

Beginning with October 2007 data, US Airways' numbers are combined with numbers for America West Airlines in the network category. For previous months, America West's numbers were included with the low-cost airlines.

Network Airlines

FTEs at the group of six network airlines decreased 1.2 percent in October 2010 compared to October 2009 (Table 7). The network airlines employed 3,141 fewer FTEs in October 2010 than in October 2009 (Table 8). Delta and Northwest reported separately in October 2009 while their reports were combined in October 2010.

Within the group, all network carriers except Delta decreased FTEs from October 2009 to October 2010: Alaska, 3.6 percent; American, 2.7 percent; Continental, 2.4 percent; US Airways, 1.7 percent; and United, 1.1 percent. Delta increased FTEs by 1.0 percent compared to total Delta and Northwest FTEs for October 2009 (Table 9).

The network airlines employed 7,151 fewer FTEs in October 2010 than in 2006 even though America West's numbers were not combined with US Airways in the network category until October 2007 (Table 8).

The biggest percentage decline in FTE employment from 2006 to 2010 was at United, down 16.8 percent, a reduction of 8,783 FTEs, followed by American, down 10.5 percent. October 2010 numbers for Delta and US Airways are not comparable to 2006 because of the intervening mergers (Table 9).

Low-Cost Airlines

Low-cost airline FTEs were up 3.0 percent in October 2010 from October 2009 (Tables 10, 11).

All seven low-cost airlines reported year-to-year increases: Virgin America, 20.2 percent; Frontier, 13.0 percent; Spirit, 12.6 percent; Allegiant, 7.4 percent; JetBlue, 4.1 percent; Southwest, 0.7 percent and AirTran, 0.2 percent (Table 12).

The six low-cost carriers reporting employment data in both 2006 and 2010 employed 10.1 percent more FTEs in October 2010 than in October 2006. Allegiant reported the largest percentage increase, up 96.5 percent (Table 12).

Low-cost airlines are those that the industry recognizes as operating under a low-cost business model, with lower infrastructure and aircraft operating costs.

Regional Airlines

Regional airline FTEs were up 0.5 percent in October 2010 compared to October 2009 (Table 13).

Lynx, down 69.5 percent and Mesa, down 19.0 percent, reported the largest decreases in the regional group. Republic Airlines, up 15.0 percent; and Compass Airlines, up 10.9 percent, reported the largest increases in the group (Table 15).

The 15 regional carriers reporting employment data in both 2006 and 2010 employed 11.4 percent fewer FTEs in 2010 than in 2006. Comair reported the largest percentage decline, down 58.4 percent, followed by Atlantic Southeast Airlines, down 34.7 percent, and Mesa Airlines, down 34.2 percent (Table 15).

Republic reported the biggest four-year gain, 239.8 percent, followed by GoJet at 75.8 percent (Table 15). Effective with October 2009 reporting, Republic's employment numbers include FTE's from Midwest Airlines. Midwest employment data were formerly included in the "Other Airlines" category.

Regional carriers typically provide service from small cities, using primarily regional jets to support the network carriers' hub and spoke systems.

Reporting Notes

Airlines that operate at least one aircraft with the capacity to carry combined passengers, cargo and fuel of 18,000 pounds the payload factor must report monthly employment statistics.

The Other Carrier category generally reflects those airlines that operate within specific niche markets, such as Continental Micronesia in the Southwest Pacific and Hawaiian Airlines serving the Hawaiian Islands.

Data are compiled from monthly reports filed with BTS by commercial air carriers as of Dec. 9. Additional airline employment data can be found on the BTS website at http://www.bts.gov/programs/airline_information/number_of_employees/. BTS has scheduled release of November passenger airline employment data for Jan. 18.

Table 1: Change from Previous Month in Passenger Airline Full-time Equivalent Employees* by Airline Group

Most recent 13 months - percent change compared to same month of the previous year

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Month Network Carriers (Pct. Change) From Table 7 Low-Cost Carriers (Pct. Change) From Table 10 Regional Carriers (Pct. Change) From Table13 All Passenger Airlines** (Pct. Change) From Table 2
Oct. 2008-Oct. 2009 -2.8 -0.4 -10.1 -3.7
Nov. 2008-Nov. 2009 -2.7 -0.1 -7.5 -3.3
Dec. 2008-Dec. 2009 -2.5 0.0 -8.9 -3.3
Jan. 2009-Jan. 2010 -2.3 1.4 -8.5 -2.9
Feb. 2009-Feb. 2010 -3.0 1.4 -9.8 -3.5
Mar. 2009-Mar. 2010 -3.1 1.2 -10.1 -3.8
Apr. 2009-Apr. 2010 -3.6 0.5 -9.3 -4.1
May 2009-May 2010 -1.9 0.6 -8.0 -2.7
June 2009-June 2010 -1.6 0.9 -7.7 -2.4
July 2009-July 2010 -1.6 1.5 -7.5 -2.3
Aug. 2009-Aug. 2010 -0.9 2.0 -7.2 -1.7
Sept. 2009-Sept. 2010 0.3 2.7 -6.6 -0.6
Oct. 2009-Oct. 2010 -1.2 3.0 0.5 -0.4

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

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

** Includes network, low-cost, regional and other carriers. Other Carriers generally operate within specific niche markets. They are: Continental Micronesia, Hawaiian Airlines, Sun Country Airlines and USA3000 Airlines. Casino Express Airlines is no longer included.

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 2: Change from Previous Year in Total Passenger Airline* Full-time Equivalent Employees**

Percent change compared to same month the previous year

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Month 2007 2008 2009 2010
January -0.4 3.4 -6.7 -2.9
February 0.4 3.0 -6.6 -3.5
March 0.7 1.9 -5.6 -3.8
April 1.4 1.3 -5.5 -4.1
May 2.2 0.8 -6.8 -2.7
June 2.5 0.1 -6.3 -2.4
July 2.8 -0.8 -5.9 -2.3
August 2.6 -2.1 -5.5 -1.7
September 3.1 -4.5 -4.4 -0.6
October 3.5 -5.7 -3.7 -0.4
November 3.7 -6.5 -3.3  
December 3.7 -6.7 -3.3  

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

* Includes network, low-cost, regional and other carriers.

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

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 3: Total Passenger Airline* Full-time Equivalent Employees** by Month

Numbers in thousands (000's)

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Month 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Percent Change
2006-2010 2009-2010
January 405.6 404.1 418.7 390.6 379.4 -6.5 -2.9
February 404.3 405.8 419.0 391.6 378.0 -6.5 -3.5
March 404.9 407.9 415.5 392.1 377.3 -6.8 -3.8
April 404.4 410.0 415.4 392.1 376.2 -7.0 -4.1
May 403.5 412.3 415.5 387.4 377.0 -6.6 -2.7
June 403.7 413.9 414.4 387.7 378.3 -6.3 -2.4
July 403.2 414.4 411.1 386.8 378.1 -6.2 -2.3
August 404.6 415.2 406.7 384.3 377.8 -6.6 -1.7
September 403.6 416.1 397.3 379.9 377.7 -6.4 -0.6
October 403.4 417.9 394.2 379.7 378.1 -6.3 -0.4
November 404.3 419.5 392.1 379.4      
December 404.8 419.7 391.8 379.1      
12-Month Average 404.2 413.1 407.6 386.0      
Jan-Oct Average 404.1 411.8 410.8 387.2 377.8 -6.5 -2.4

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

* Includes network, low-cost, regional and other carriers.

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

Note: Percent changes and averages based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 4: Airline Group Full-time Equivalent Employees*, October 2006-2010

FTE numbers in thousands (000's)

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Network** Low-Cost** Regional All Passenger Airlines***
2006 263.0 71.7 57.7 403.4
2007 281.9 63.6 61.2 417.9
2008 266.6 62.6 57.9 394.2
2009 259.0 62.4 52.1 379.7
2010 255.9 64.3 52.4 378.1
Pct. Change 2006-2010 -2.7% -10.4% -9.1% -6.3%
Percent of Total Passenger Airline Employees in 2010 67.7% 17.0% 13.9%  

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

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

** America West's employment numbers were included with the low-cost airlines prior to October 2007. Beginning with October 2007, America West's numbers are combined with US Airways numbers in the network category.

*** Includes network, low-cost, regional and other carriers.

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 5: Year-to-Year Change in Airline Group Full-time Equivalent Employees*, October 2006-2010

Percent change in FTEs from the same month of the previous year

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  Network** Low-Cost** Regional All Passenger Airlines***
2006 -4.0 1.2 0.6 -2.2
2007 7.2 -11.3 6.1 3.6
2008 -5.4 -1.5 -5.3 -5.7
2009 -2.8 -0.4 -10.1 -3.7
2010 -1.2 3.0 0.5 -0.4

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

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

** America West's employment numbers were included with the low-cost airlines prior to October 2007. Beginning with October 2007, America West's numbers are combined with US Airways numbers in the network category.

*** Includes network, low-cost, regional and other carriers.

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 6: Top 10 Airlines, October 2010

Ranked by Number of Full-Time Equivalent Employees*

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Rank Airline Total FTE Employees (000) Carrier Group Top 10 Airlines October  2009**
1 Delta 76.3 Network American
2 American 65.1 Network Delta
3 United 43.6 Network United
4 Southwest 34.9 Low Cost Southwest
5 Continental 32.5 Network Continental
6 US Airways 29.5 Network US Airways
7 JetBlue 11.2 Low Cost Northwest
8 American Eagle 9.5 Regional JetBlue
9 SkyWest 9.0 Regional Alaska
10 Alaska 8.9 Network American Eagle

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

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

** See Table 9 for Network, Table 12 for Low-Cost and Table 15 for Regional

Table 7: Network Airlines - Year-to-Year Change in Full-time Equivalent Employees* from the Previous Year**

Percent change compared to same month the previous year

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2007 2008 2009 2010
January -2.6 7.5 -6.3 -2.3
February -2.2 7.7 -6.4 -3.0
March -1.4 7.5 -6.7 -3.1
April -0.7 7.1 -6.5 -3.6
May 0.3 6.4 -8.2 -1.9
June 1.3 5.3 -7.8 -1.6
July 1.5 4.3 -7.1 -1.6
August 1.5 2.7 -6.4 -0.9
September 1.8 -0.2 -5.0 0.3
October 7.2 -5.4 -2.8 -1.2
November 7.5 -6.2 -2.7  
December 7.5 -6.3 -2.5  

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

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

** US Airways' employment numbers were included with the network airlines prior to October 2007 while America West's numbers were included with the low-cost airlines. Beginning with October 2007, US Airways' numbers are combined with America West's numbers in the network category.

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 8: Network Airlines Full-time Equivalent Employees* by Month**

Numbers in thousands (000's)

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Month 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Percent Change
2006-2010 2009-2010
January 269.1 262.0 281.7 263.9 257.8 -4.2 -2.3
February 268.2 262.4 282.6 264.6 256.8 -4.3 -3.0
March 267.8 264.1 283.9 264.8 256.5 -4.2 -3.1
April 266.6 264.8 283.7 265.2 255.7 -4.1 -3.6
May 265.8 266.6 283.6 260.5 255.5 -3.9 -1.9
June 265.3 268.6 282.8 260.8 256.6 -3.3 -1.6
July 264.9 268.7 280.4 260.5 256.4 -3.2 -1.6
August 264.8 268.8 276.1 258.6 256.1 -3.3 -0.9
September 264.0 268.8 268.4 254.9 255.8 -3.1 0.3
October 263.0 281.9 266.6 259.0 255.9 -2.7 -1.2
November 263.0 282.7 265.2 258.1      
December 262.9 282.7 264.7 258.1      
12-Month Average 265.5 270.2 276.7 260.8      
Jan-Oct Average 265.9 267.7 278.9 261.3 256.3 -3.6 -1.9

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

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

** US Airways' employment numbers were included with network airlines prior to October 2007 while America West's numbers were included with low-cost airlines. Beginning with October 2007, US Airways' numbers are combined with America West's numbers in the network category.

Note: Percent changes and averages based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 9: By Network Airline: Full-time Equivalent Employees*, October 2006-2010**

(FTEs for October of each year. Ranked by October 2010 FTEs)

Numbers in thousands (000's)

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Rank 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Percent Change
2006-2010 2009-2010
1 Delta*** 44.5 48.4 45.7 49.0 76.3 71.4 55.6
2 American 72.7 73.3 70.4 66.9 65.1 -10.5 -2.7
3 United 52.4 52.3 47.2 44.1 43.6 -16.8 -1.1
4 Continental 34.6 35.9 34.6 33.3 32.5 -6.1 -2.4
5 US Airways 19.2 32.9 31.2 29.9 29.5 53.1 -1.7
6 Alaska 9.4 9.8 9.9 9.3 8.9 -4.8 -3.6
7 Northwest*** 30.2 29.2 27.7 26.5 N/A N/A N/A
  Total 263.0 281.9 266.6 259.0 255.9 -2.7 -1.2

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Note: Detail may not add to total due to rounding

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

** Beginning October 2007, US Airways' numbers are combined with America West Airlines' numbers in the network category. For America West's previous year numbers in the low-cost category, see Table 12.

*** Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines completed their merger and began reporting combined numbers in January 2010

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 10: Low-Cost Airlines - Year-to-Year Change in Full-time Equivalent Employees* from the Previous Year**

Percent change compared to same month the previous year

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Month 2007 2008 2009 2010
January 4.8 -9.7 -3.1 1.4
February 5.3 -10.2 -3.0 1.4
March*** 4.7 -13.3 0.1 1.2
April 6.0 -15.2 1.2 0.5
May 5.6 -14.8 1.2 0.6
June 5.6 -14.9 0.8 0.9
July 6.1 -16.1 0.9 1.5
August 5.5 -16.4 -0.2 2.0
September 6.2 -17.3 -0.1 2.7
October -11.3 -1.5 -0.4 3.0
November -10.3 -2.8 -0.1  
December -10.6 -3.3 0.0  

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

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

** US Airways' employment numbers were included with network airlines prior to October 2007 while America West's numbers were included with low-cost airlines. Beginning with October 2007, US Airways' numbers are combined with America West's numbers in the network category.

*** ATA Airlines ceased operating April 3, 2008 and stopped reporting employment data in March.

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 11: Low-Cost Airlines Full-time Equivalent Employees* by Month**

Numbers in thousands (000's)

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2006 2007*** 2008 2009 2010 Percent Change
2006-2010 2009-2010
January 68.4 7.7 64.7 62.7 63.6 -7.0 1.4
February 68.7 72.3 64.9 62.9 63.8 -7.0 1.4
March**** 69.3 72.6 62.9 63.0 63.8 -8.0 1.2
April 69.6 73.8 62.5 63.3 63.6 -8.7 0.5
May 69.8 73.7 62.8 63.5 63.9 -8.4 0.6
June 70.1 74.0 62.9 63.5 64.0 -8.7 0.9
July 70.2 74.5 62.5 63.0 63.9 -8.8 1.5
August 71.3 75.3 62.9 62.8 64.0 -10.2 2.0
September 71.1 75.5 62.5 62.4 64.1 -9.8 2.7
October 71.7 63.6 62.7 62.4 64.3 -10.4 3.0
November 71.9 64.5 62.7 62.6      
December 72.5 64.8 62.6 62.6      
12-Month Average 70.4 71.4 63.1 63.0      
Jan-Oct Average 70.0 72.7 63.1 62.9 63.9 -8.7 1.5

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

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

** US Airways' employment numbers were included with the network airlines prior to October 2007 while America West's numbers were included with the low-cost airlines. Beginning with October 2007, US Airways' numbers are combined with America West Airlines' numbers in the network category.

*** Virgin America and SkyBus began reporting employment data in August 2007. SkyBus stopped reporting employment data effective in April 2008 resulting from its bankruptcy filing.

**** ATA Airlines ceased operating on April 3, 2008 and stopped reporting employment data effective in March.

Note: Percent changes and averages based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: Detail may not add to total due to rounding.

Table 12: By Low-Cost Carrier: Full-time Equivalent Employees,* October 2006-2010**

(FTEs for October of each year. Ranked by October 2010 FTEs)

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Rank 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Percent Change**    
2006-2010 2009-2010
1 Southwest 32,478 33,876 35,665 34,748 34,990 7.7 0.7
2 JetBlue 9,605 9,804 10,360 10,801 11,245 17.1 4.1
3 AirTran 7,387 8,104 7,342 7,753 7,767 5.1 0.2
4 Frontier 4,513 5,194 4,460 4,284 4,839 7.2 13.0
5 Spirit 2,024 2,211 2,316 1,883 2,121 4.8 12.6
6 Virgin America*** N/A 674 1,220 1,423 1,710 N/A 20.2
7 Allegiant 828 1,079 1,307 1,515 1,627 96.5 7.4
8 SkyBus*** N/A 316 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
9 ATA**** 2,483 2,381 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
10 America West***** 12,427 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
  Total 71,743 63,637 62,668 62,406 64,299 10.1 3.0

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

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

** The Percent Change 2006-2010 is based on the six carriers reporting in both years.

*** Virgin America and SkyBus began reporting employment data in August 2007. SkyBus stopped reporting employment data effective in April 2008 resulting from its bankruptcy filing.

**** ATA Airlines ceased operating on April 3, 2008 and stopped reporting employment data effective in March.

***** Beginning with October 2007, US Airways' numbers are combined with America West Airlines' numbers in the network category. For US Airways previous year numbers and for the combined number in the network category, see Table 9.

N/A: Carrier did not meet the standard for filing, was no longer operating, merged with another operating carrier or failed to file. See previous notes.

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: Detail may not add to total due to rounding.

Table 13: Regional Airlines - Year-to-Year Change in Full-time Equivalent Employees* from the Previous Year

Percent change compared to same month the previous year

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Month 2007** 2008*** 2009 2010
January 3.0 3.7 -6.0 -8.5
February 5.9 1.1 -4.9 -9.8
March 5.6 0.6 -4.9 -10.1
April 5.6 2.0 -7.4 -9.3
May 7.2 1.3 -7.7 -8.0
June 5.1 1.8 -7.2 -7.7
July 4.8 1.4 -6.9 -7.5
August 4.9 0.3 -6.8 -7.2
September 5.6 -2.1 -5.7 -6.6
October 5.5 -5.3 -10.1 0.5
November 5.1 -6.0 -7.5  
December 4.9 -5.2 -8.9  

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

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

** Compass began reporting employment numbers in November 2007.

*** Lynx Airlines began reporting in February 2008. Colgan Airlines began reporting in April 2008. TransStates Airlines no longer met reporting requirements beginning in April 2008.

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 14: Regional Airlines Full-time Equivalent Employees* by Month

Numbers in thousands (000's)

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2006 2007** 2008*** 2009 2010 Percent Change
2006-2010 2009-2010
January 57.2 58.9 61.1 57.4 52.5 -8.2 -8.5
February 56.6 59.9 60.5 57.6 52.0 -8.2 -9.8
March 56.7 59.9 60.2 57.3 51.5 -9.1 -10.1
April 56.9 60.1 61.3 56.8 51.5 -9.5 -9.3
May 56.5 60.6 61.4 56.6 52.1 -7.9 -8.0
June 57.0 59.9 61.0 56.6 52.2 -8.4 -7.7
July 57.1 59.9 60.7 56.5 52.2 -8.6 -7.5
August 57.2 60.2 60.3 56.2 52.2 -8.8 -7.2
September 57.4 60.7 59.4 56.0 52.3 -8.9 -6.6
October 57.7 61.2 58.0 52.1 52.4 -9.1 0.5
November 58.1 61.1 57.5 53.2      
December 58.2 61.1 57.9 52.7      
12-Month Average 57.2 60.3 60.0 55.8      
Jan-Oct Average 57.0 60.1 60.5 56.3 52.1 -8.7 -7.5

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

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

** Compass began reporting employment numbers in November 2007.

*** Lynx Airlines began reporting in February 2008. Colgan Airlines began reporting in April 2008. Trans States Airlines no longer met reporting requirements beginning in April 2008.

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 15: By Regional Airline: Full-time Equivalent Employees*, October 2006-2010

(FTEs for October of each year. Ranked by October 2010 FTEs)

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Rank 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Percent Change**
2006-2010 2009-2010
1 American Eagle 9,302 9,709 9,424 9,024 9,457 1.7 4.8
2 SkyWest 8,670 10,106 8,951 8,591 9,023 4.1 5.0
3 ExpressJet 6,868 7,829 5,538 5,262 5,476 -20.3 4.1
4 Atlantic Southeast 5,679 4,375 4,412 3,617 3,709 -34.7 2.5
5 Pinnacle 3,156 3,522 3,594 3,352 3,421 8.4 2.1
6 Horizon 3,651 3,789 3,522 3,215 2,938 -19.5 -8.6
7 Air Wisconsin 2,280 2,248 2,788 2,530 2,531 11.0 0.0
8 Comair 6,007 6,199 5,525 2,717 2,497 -58.4 -8.1
9 Mesaba 2,535 2,831 3,532 2,355 2,203 -13.1 -6.5
10 Mesa 3,177 3,230 2,924 2,582 2,092 -34.2 -19.0
11 Republic*** 590 1,148 1,292 1,744 2,005 239.8 15.0
12 Executive 1,589 1,672 1,617 1,784 1,771 11.5 -0.7
13 Colgan N/A N/A 1,295 1,263 1,391 N/A 10.1
14 Shuttle America 1,068 1,108 1,083 1,324 1,242 16.3 -6.2
15 PSA 1,486 1,498 984 970 998 -32.8 2.9
16 Compass N/A 289 754 881 977 N/A 10.9
17 GoJet 314 362 407 537 552 75.8 2.8
18 Lynx N/A N/A 352 397 121 N/A -69.5
19 Trans States**** 1,306 1,303 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
  Total 57,674 61,215 57,992 52,143 52,404 -11.4 0.5

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

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

** The Percent Change 2006-2010 is based on the 12 carriers reporting in both years.

*** Effective with October 2009 reporting, Republic Airlines' employment numbers include FTE's from Midwest Airlines. Midwest employment data were formerly included in the "Other Airlines" category.

**** Effective with April 2008 reporting, Trans States Airlines no longer met the reporting requirements for filing monthly airline employment data.

N/A: Not applicable because carriers did not meet the standard for filing.

Note: Detail may not add to total due to rounding.