Southwest Airlines hiring surges as U.S. aviation employment soars

Southwest Airlines hiring surges as U.S. aviation employment soars
September 22, 2016
Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines’ hiring surged almost 10 percent in the past year, and American Airlines’ employment climbed by 2 percent.

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September 22, 2016
By Bill Hethcock
Dallas Business Journal

Both North Texas based airlines lead their respective categories for employment, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics . Fort Worth-based American (Nasdaq: AAL) led all airlines in full-time employment, with 98,808 workers through July, the last month for which statistics are available.

Dallas-based Southwest (NYSE: LUV) led the employment count for low-cost airlines, with 52,545 fulltime employees through July. That head count placed Southwest fourth largest among all airlines, behind American, Chicago-based United Airlines (NYSE: UAL), and Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL)....The aviation industry faces a shortage of trained workers and must come up with more than 2 million new employees in just three crucial job positions during the next 20 years if it wants to keep up with growth expected in the industry worldwide, according to a recent report by The Boeing Co.

The Current Market Outlook report issued by the aircraft maker (NYSE: BA) projects “ extraordinary demand for pilots, technicians, and cabin crew” during the forecast period ending in 2035.

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