Airlines continue upward climb in employment numbers
The airlines had nearly 389,000 employees in February, nearly 2 percent more than a year earlier. February was the 15th consecutive month that full-time airline employment (FTE) topped the totals for the previous year’s month. The number of FTEs also rose slightly from January to February, following a one-month decline.
United was the top airline employer with 78,380 FTEs in February. Southwest employed the most people -- 46,784 -- among low-cost airlines.