Millions of worldwide airline jobs are currently in great danger as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Daily news about airline industry layoffs, cutbacks, and even liquidation-threats has become the norm. Add airline-dependent jobs to the list of total airline jobs lost during the COVID-pandemic and gross aviation job loss numbers become huge!
The pre-COVID crisis aviation industry and airline employment numbers
The aviation industry is a common word for everything that goes on within the activities of flying and flight, from airlines to military to space flight, and the people engaged in the aviation business.
Our airlines belong to the aviation industry, which, in turn employ millions of people who are directly or indirectly depending on the airlines thriving to ensure job security.
Direct versus indirect airline jobs
The massive job numbers within aviation can be divided into two groups: Thos employed by the airlines and those who are not working for an airline:
Direct airline jobs: Airline Employees
“Direct” airline jobs are those jobs connected to each individual airline. For example, someone working for Southwest is a Southwest Airlines airline employee.
U.S. airline employees working in the air and on the ground handled about 28,000 flights a day before the COVID-crisis hit. Worldwide, American passenger and cargo airlines kept a total of 750,000 people employed, working for their individual airlines.
Airline-dependent jobs in aviation (indirect airline jobs)
The far-reaching effects of airline-dependent jobs (indirect airline jobs) extend way beyond the people employed by individual airlines. These jobs are dependent on individual airlines doing well in order to stay in business.
Around 10.2 million people work in the aviation industry in the U.S. either employed with the airlines or employed in an airline-dependent job.
These American jobs are at the mercy of the airlines and airline-dependent companies. When the aviation industry is healthy and stable the job security, pay, and benefits for all aviation jobs benefit.
Indirect airline jobs carry countless job titles, such as airport operators, ground handling contractors, suppliers, credit card issuers, and aircraft manufacturers, such as Boeing, just to name a few.
For example, a friend of mine operates an aviation news website for the primary purpose of making readers sign up for his affiliate agreement airline frequent flyer credit cards. He said his business was down by 87%!
Airlines rely on a huge network of support from airline-dependent companies and their employees. This network works like a well-oiled machine together, with the airline and the airline-dependent third party depending on each other.
Do layoffs from airline-dependent aviation jobs affect you?
People not engaged in the industry often think of the tremendous impact the airline industry has on their daily lives. Often overlooked is the additional millions of airline-(dependent) jobs that are at stake when a pandemic such as COVID brings the industry to its knees!
Furthermore, airlines are such an important part of the very infrastructure of the United States. Also, our national security is at risk if the entire aviation industry is falling apart. This was one reason why the government bailout CARES Act was implemented. The Act would attempt to stall the economic and employment-fallout of the epidemic.
When millions of jobs are lost the country’s economy will suffer. That further affects the entire job market of the country, which in turn, affects YOU. This regardless of what you do for a living. The effects have far-reaching consequences, deep into your pocketbook too.
What does it take to prevent further devastation of the airline and airline- dependent aviation jobs before the pandemic is over? Let us know your thoughts. You can contact us here.
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