US airlines continue to hire as industry employment surpasses pre-pandemic employment levels

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November 21, 2022

Every day, more than 2 million people travel to see loved ones, go on vacation or go on business, and as the busy holiday season approaches, airports across the country are preparing to welcome even more travelers – some even flying for the first time since the pandemic. Many passengers don’t see the more than 777,000 passenger and cargo airline employees working hard during the holidays to get you and your packages to your destination safely and efficiently.

A4A carriers have adapted to new post-pandemic employment realities and launched aggressive hiring campaigns — establishing new pilot training academies, supporting programs to address financial barriers, and expanding recruitment initiatives — to fill positions across the industry. With the industry reporting record high employment, it’s clear these efforts are working.

US passenger airlines are now hiring at their most in nearly two decades, adding nearly 5,000 employees each month from November 2020 to September 2022. In fact, US passenger airline job growth since 2019 has far outpaced overall US job growth. There has truly never been a better time to join this industry.

And carriers don’t stop there – we understand the importance of ensuring a pipeline of employees across the industry to meet future air travel demand. That’s why carriers have invested heavily in new programs, including training, pilot academies, and university partnerships.

Jobs in the aviation industry not only offer the opportunity to work in challenging operations and experience the magic of flight, but American Airlines is proud to offer high-quality, career-oriented jobs that pay well and offer great benefits. In fact, in 2021, airline workers were paid 37 percent more than the average private sector worker.

The aviation industry offers a wide range of opportunities – from dealing with customers at the gate, providing the highest level of in-flight service, being in the crew as a pilot, working on the engine as an aviation maintenance technician and much more.

For more information on our recruiter commitment and employment opportunities, visit A4A’s Vacancies in airlines page and links below:

https://www.airlines.org/u-s-airlines-continue-hiring-spree-as-industry-surpasses-pre-pandemic-employment/ US airlines continue to hire as industry employment surpasses pre-pandemic employment levels

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