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American Airlines added almost 10,000 jobs after US Airways merger

mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

The hiring spree at airlines continues, especially at Fort Worth-based American Airlines.

According to a U.S. Department of Transportation report issued on Tuesday, U.S. carriers employed 3.7 percent more workers, for 416,337 full-time employees by the end of 2016 compared to the year before. The agency said it was the highest monthly total for the industry since March 2008.

American added over 2,200 new full-time jobs last year, increasing its workforce to 99,508 employees. Since 2012, the carrier has grown its workforce by 10.7 percent, almost 10,000 new workers, if you include employment numbers from US Airways which merged with American in 2013.

“There has never been a better time to work in our industry and there has never been a better time to fly,” said American spokesman Matt Miller. “American is proud to have added more than 10,000 people to our team the past few years, while increasing the average annual pay per team member by more than 35 percent.”

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines added almost 4,000 employees in 2016, increasing its workforce by 8 percent to 53,536 full-time workers. In the past five years, Southwest grew its workforce by 16.7 percent, the DOT says.

Delta Air Lines added about 7,000 full-time employees, a 9.5 percent increase since 2012. Alaska Airlines, which recently closed its acquisition of Virgin America, grew its workforce by 24.4 percent to 11,527 employees in 2016.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk

Rank

Airline

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Percent Change

2012-2016

2015-2016

1

AA/US Combined

89,884

90,922

92,477

97,285

99,508

10.7

2.3

 

American**

59,574

59,458

60,714

97,285

99,508

N/A

2.3

 

US Airways**

30,310

31,464

31,763

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2

United

82,383

81,368

78,835

78,858

82,132

-0.3

4.2

3

Delta

72,529

73,356

75,737

79,072

79,447

9.5

0.5

4

Southwest

45,861

44,831

46,278

49,583

53,536

16.7

8.0

5

JetBlue

12,460

12,952

13,665

15,219

16,531

32.7

8.6

6

Alaska

9,269

9,509

10,202

10,921

11,527

24.4

5.5

 

Total

312,386

312,938

317,194

330,938

342,681

9.7

3.5

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation

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