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US cargo and passenger airlines add 6,775 jobs in June 2022 for new peak of COVID-19 pandemic

Number of US airline employees (full-time and part-time employees)

Employment in the US airline industry (passenger and cargo airlines combined) increased to 767,263 workers in June 2022, up 6,775 (0.89%) from May 2022 (760,488) and 23,893 (3.21%) more than in June 2019 before the pandemic (743,370).

U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 484,773 workers in June, or 64% of the industry total. Passenger airlines added 6,851 employees in June for a fourteenth consecutive month of job growth since May 2021. Delta led scheduled passenger carriers, adding 2,981 employees; United Airlines added 1,322 employees and Southwest Airlines added 1,007.

U.S. cargo airlines employed 278,462 workers in June, or 36% of the industry total. Freight carriers added 605 employees in June. FedEx, the largest air cargo employer, increased employment by 417 jobs.

U.S. airline full-time equivalents (FTEs)

BTS calculates FTEs by dividing the number of part-time employees by 2 and adding that figure to the number of full-time employees. Industry-wide June figures include 656,238 full-time workers and 111,025 part-time workers for a total of 711,751 FTEs, an increase from May of 5,914 FTEs (0.84%) . June’s total FTE count remains just 4.86% above June 2019’s pre-pandemic 683,656 FTE count.

The 27 U.S. scheduled passenger airlines reporting data for June 2022 employed 458,136 FTEs, up 5,856 FTEs (1.30%) from May 2022. The total number of scheduled FTEs for passenger transport in June is 7,869 FTE (1.75%) compared to June 2019 before the pandemic. by category of passenger carrier can be found in the attached tables.

US cargo airlines employed 249,636 FTEs in June, up 652 FTEs (0.26%) from May. US cargo airlines have increased their FTEs by 19,857 (8.64%) since June 2019 before the pandemic.

Report Notes

The data is compiled from monthly reports filed with BTS by commercial air carriers as of August 5, 2022. Additional airline employment data and previous releases are available on BTS’s website.

Passenger, cargo and charter airlines that operate at least one aircraft with 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 statistics on employment. Regulations require US airlines to report employment counts for employees who worked or received pay for any part of the pay period(s) ending closest to the 15th day of the month.

See the tables accompanying this release on the BTS website for detailed data since 2015 (Tables 1-15) and monthly industry summary data since 1990. Other individual airline numbers are available at BTS airline employment webpage. The webpage provides full-time and part-time employment figures by carrier by month from 1990 to June 2022.

The next U.S. airline employment update is scheduled for September 13.

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