Full-time-equivalent (FTE)employmentat US scheduled passenger airlines grew 1.4% year-over-year (YOY) in December, to a total FTE count of 386,219 personnel, according to the US Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).
December’s employment numbers indicate the start of a second year of consecutive-monthly year-over-year employment growth. In 2014, FTE employment grew at an average of 1% YOY. By comparison, FTE employment in 2013 shrank an average of 1.8% from the previous year.
In December, US scheduled passenger airlines employed 5,410 additional FTE employees compared to December 2013, but 278 less FTE positions than November 2014.
For US major/network carriers, December’s FTE employment was up 0.8% year-over-year, to 257,251 total FTE positions. FTE jobs increased 7.3% YOY at Alaska Airlines to 10,202 total FTE positions, followed by Delta Air Lines (up 3.2% YOY to 75,737 FTE positions), American Airlines (up 2.1% YOY to 60,714 FTE positions) and US Airways (up 1% YOY to 31,763 FTE positions). United Airlines’ FTE employment was down 3.1% YOY to 78,835 positions.
Hawaiian Airlines, a major carrier classified by BTS as an “other carrier” (airlines that operate within specific niche markets) reported FTE job growth of 2.2% YOY, to 4,846 positions.
For the major US low-cost-carriers (LCCs), December’s FTE employment count totaled 72,399, up 4.4% YOY. Allegiant Air had the largest YOY jump, 16.5%, for 2,405 total FTE positions. Spirit Airlines was up 10.8% YOY to 3,925 total FTE positions, followed by JetBlue (up 5.5% YOY to 13,665 FTE positions), Frontier Airlines (up 3.7% YOY to 3,625 FTE positions), Southwest Airlines (up 3.2% YOY to 46,278 FTE positions) and Virgin America (up 0.8% YOY to 2,501 FTE positions).
Sun Country Airlines, a Minnesota-based national carrier/LCC classified by BTS as an “other carrier,” reported FTE employment growth of 17.2% YOY to 1,275 positions.
December FTE positions at US regional carriers dipped 0.2% YOY in December to 50,083 jobs among the 13 reporting airlines. Indianapolis-based Chautauqua Airlines made its last appearance on the tally; as of year-end the airline was absorbed fully into Republic Airways Holdings subsidiary Shuttle America.
Vandalia, Ohio-based PSA Airlines continued its monthly job-growth prominence by adding 679 positions to its December FTE employment roster for a total of 1,799 FTE jobs, a 60.6% YOY rise. Other significant December FTE job additions were seen at Shuttle America (up 37% YOY to 2,715 FTE positions); Mesa Airlines (up 22.2% YOY to 2,204 FTE positions); Republic Airways (up 17.9% YOY to 3,122 FTE positions); and Compass Airlines (up 14.6% YOY to 1,466 FTE positions). Air Wisconsin saw the biggest December FTE job decrease, falling 23.3% YOY to 1,893 FTE positions. Endeavor Air also saw its December FTE jobs fall, down 12.1% YOY to 3,447 FTE positions.
Island Air Hawaii, a regional carrier classified by BTS as an “other carrier,” reported December job growth of 36.7% YOY to 365 FTE positions.
Ranked by FTE workforce, the top 10US passenger airline employersfor December 2014 were: United Airlines (78,835 FTE employees), Delta Air Lines (75,737), American Airlines (60,714), Southwest Airlines (46,278), US Airways (31,763), JetBlue Airways (13,665), Envoy Air (10,841), Alaska Airlines (10,202), SkyWest Airlines (9,642) and ExpressJet Airlines (8,671).