While airline hiring as a whole seems to be declining, two regional airlines are doing their part to fight the employment drops.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has reported that the number of airline employees in the country declined 2.4 percent year-over-year in June, according to the Pacific Business News. However, Hawaiian Airlines, based in Honolulu, has been bucking the trend, with employment rising 11.5 percent at midyear for the company. Since then, a spokeswoman for the airline confirmed that the company added at least 60 more employees for a total count of 5,220.
Another regional airline that operates as United Express, US Airways Express and go!, Mesa Airlines, recently announced plans to add to their workforce, according to Skift. They expect to add 350 pilots, 300 flight attendants and 200 support personnel starting in 2014 as it adds larger jets to its fleet.
Their pilot ranks would increase by nearly 50 percent, and a spokesman for the company said they plan to lure new hires by offering fast opportunities for promotions. While first officers' salaries are reportedly low for the industry, their most senior pilots are paid more than the industry average.