Geneva | April 7, 2020– The International Air Transport Association has released  new analysis showing that some 25 million jobs are at risk of disappearing with plummeting demand for air travel amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Globally, the livelihoods of some 65.5 million people are dependent on the aviation industry, including sectors such as travel and tourism. Among these are 2.7 million airlines jobs. In a scenario of severe travel restrictions lasting for three months, IATA research calculates that 25 million jobs in aviation and related sectors are endangered across the world:

  • 11.2 million jobs in Asia-Pacific
  • 5.6 million jobs in Europe
  • 2.9 million jobs in Latin America
  • 2.0 million jobs in North America
  • 2.0 million jobs in Africa
  • 0.9 million jobs in the Middle East

In the same scenario, airlines are expected to see full year passenger revenues fall by $252 billion (-44%) in 2020 compared to 2019. The second quarter is the most critical with demand falling 70% at its worst point, and airlines burning through $61 billion in cash.

Airlines are calling on governments to provide immediate financial aid to help airlines to remain viable businesses able to lead the recovery when the pandemic is contained. Specifically, IATA calls for:

  • Direct financial support
  • Loans, loan guarantees and support for the corporate bond market
  • Tax relief

“There are no words to adequately describe the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the airline industry. And the economic pain will be shared by 25 million people who work in jobs dependent upon airlines. Airlines must be viable businesses so that they can lead the recovery when the pandemic is contained. A lifeline to the airlines now is critical,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

Looking Ahead: Re-booting the Industry

Alongside vital financial relief, the industry will also need careful planning and coordination to ensure that airlines are ready when the pandemic is contained.

“We have never shuttered the industry on this scale before. Consequently, we have no experience in starting it up. It will be complicated. At the practical level, we will need contingencies for licenses and certifications that have expired. We will have to adapt operations and processes to avoid reinfections via imported cases. And we must find a predictable and efficient approach to managing travel restrictions which need to be lifted before we can get back to work. These are just some of the major tasks that are ahead of us. And to be successful, industry and government must be aligned and working together,” said de Juniac.

IATA is scoping a comprehensive approach to re-booting the industry when governments and public health authorities allow. A multi-stakeholder approach will be essential. One initial step is a series of virtual meetings—or summits—on a regional basis, bringing together governments and industry stakeholders. The main objectives will be:

  • Understanding what is needed to re-open closed borders, and
  • Agreeing solutions that can be operationalized and scaled efficiently

“We are not expecting to re-start the same industry that we closed a few weeks ago. Airlines will still connect the world. And we will do that through a variety of business models. But the industry processes will need to adapt. We must get on with this work quickly. We don’t want to repeat the mistakes made after 9.11 when many new processes were imposed in an uncoordinated way. We ended up with a mess of measures that we are still sorting out today. The 25 million people whose jobs are at risk by this crisis will depend on an efficient re-start of the industry,” said de Juniac.

Summit dates are being confirmed in the expectation of a start before the end of April.

Roanoke, TX | April 6, 2020–Despite the current uncertainty surrounding the economy, JSfirm.com is still reporting a 32% increase in overall website traffic compared to this time last year.

JSfirm.com has been a pillar in aviation job advertisement for over 20 years. We remain committed to our users by working daily to provide the best resources for aviation companies and job seekers alike.

Abbey Hutter, Executive Director for JSfirm.com, said, “Now, more than ever, it’s important the industry understands we are a free resource to job seekers, and we always have been.” She added, “We have numerous, unique features to help research potential employers in the industry – we are not just an application portal.” Hutter went on to list the free features that JSfirm.com offers their members:

  • Job alerts
  • Interactive job and company map
  • Resume review
  • Resume storage
  • Quick apply
  • Track applications
  • Export favorites to Excel
  • Save jobs and follow companies
  • Message companies who aren’t hiring
  • And more!

Jeff Richards, Operations Manager for JSfirm.com said, “Today, it doesn’t matter if a company is actively hiring or not. Our proprietary system allows job seekers to map every aerospace company in your backyard (or desired location) and export it to a manageable list that you can use when they are hiring.” He added, “Best yet, this is also free to job seekers.”

Job seekers are encouraged to view the free benefits JSfirm.com offers at: jsfirm.com/aviation

Roanoake, TX | March 23, 2020– JSfirm.com is continuing to monitor the pulse of the aviation industry, to see the impact COVID-19 will have. As we communicate with our customers, some are in a holding pattern for hiring. We have developed a new feature to accommodate these customers.

While many aviation companies are adjusting, we all must understand this situation doesn’t negate the fact that there is a serious shortage of aviation professionals world-wide through 2038, according to Boeing.

JSfirm.com has created a Passive Job Feature that allows job seekers to “Leave Their Resume” for a company that may not be currently hiring now, but will be soon. This will ultimately allow companies to hit the ground running with hiring once the dust settles.  Abbey Hutter, Executive Director for JSfirm.com said, “It takes a few months to land a great person anyway – it’s a bad decision to stop recruiting great people, particularly when they are available and especially during this time.”

Jeff Richards, Operations Manager for JSfirm.com said, “For a lot of our companies to date, it’s business as usual. However, we do have a number of clients who are experiencing a hiring freeze.” He added, “Freezing your hiring is separate from stopping your advertising and brand awareness.” He concluded, “Now is the best time for companies to be present, let the aviation industry (and professionals!) know you will be hiring soon.”

To gain access to this new feature & see new resumes give us a call at 724-547-6203. We are here to help you!

Washington | February 9, 2017– CEOs representing Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today met with President Donald Trump and senior White House officials to discuss the critical role that U.S. airlines play as drivers of the economy and job growth across the country.

“U.S. airlines are an integral part of our nation’s economy, as millions of Americans depend on safe, affordable and abundant air travel and shipping options each day”
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A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio, was joined by the following member CEOs at the White House meeting: Brad Tilden, Chairman and CEO, Alaska Air Group; Bill Flynn, President and CEO, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.; Dave Bronczek, President and Chief Operating Officer, FedEx Corporation; Robin Hayes, President and CEO, JetBlue Airways Corp.; Gary C. Kelly, Chairman and CEO, Southwest Airlines Co.; Oscar Munoz, CEO, United Continental Holdings, Inc.; Myron Gray, President, U.S. Operations, UPS.

“U.S. airlines are an integral part of our nation’s economy, as millions of Americans depend on safe, affordable and abundant air travel and shipping options each day,” said Calio. “We are grateful to President Trump for hosting this meeting and were encouraged by his in-depth understanding of our industry and the need to reform our air traffic control system. We share his administration’s goals of growing jobs, reducing taxes and regulation, and expanding our economy. We are confident we can achieve these outcomes by working together.”

Topics for discussion included:

  • Jobs and Economic Impact: The U.S. airline industry is an integral part of the U.S. economy employing nearly 700,000 people. We operate 27,000 flights each day that carry 2.2 million passengers and 50,000 tons of cargo. See these fact sheets for more information about airlines’ investments in the customer experience and our employees, as well as how we contribute to airport financing.
  • Air Traffic Control Modernization: The flying and shipping public deserve modernized air traffic control infrastructure. Unnecessary flight delays that are often the result of outdated, WWII-era technology and procedures cost the United States an estimated $25 billion in 2016 alone. Benefits of modernization will include: enhanced safety, reduced delays, fuel savings, reduced emissions, increased capacity and greater operational efficiency. See these fact sheets to understand why our air traffic control system needs modernization.
  • Regulatory Reform: We need smart reforms that will unlock the industry’s potential to expand jobs and improve the customer experience, while maintaining the high level of safety we have today. Commercial aviation was deregulated almost 4 decades ago. Yet, we’re still subject to more than 13,000 regulations across 13 federal agencies – and that’s just in the United States.
  • Taxation: Aviation is subject to 17 separate federal aviation taxes paid by airlines and their customers. Our passengers are over taxed and a portion of TSA and CBP so-called user fees are diverted to deficit reduction and other federal spending, paid by airlines and their customers. These taxes increased from $3.7 billion in 1990 to $23.1 billion in 2016. Currently, passengers pay 21 percent of a one-stop, round-trip domestic ticket in taxes, an excessive burden on our customers. You’d be hard pressed to find an industry with a greater federal excise tax burden than U.S. airlines. While the airports want an increase on the Passenger Facility Charge, the President stated that he does not like fees.