Airline Employment Falls as Business Traveling Remains Constant

When it comes to air travel, commuters are responding to the Ebola crisis in contrasting ways.

For one, U.S. airline workers are dropping out of the workforce.

According to one political news website, the Department of Transportation released statistics that proves employment at all 21 airlines has marginally decreased since August.

In July, the number of recorded airline staff members was 386,243. Over 1,700 airport workers left their jobs, reducing the employment number to 384,478 in August.

This year’s employment figure seems to still be an improvement from August 2013. The department concluded that the number of workers employed today is a 1 percent increase in comparison to last year’s 380,486 airline employees.

A decline in employment has the airline industry paranoid about the influence Ebola may have on stock prices and revenue.

Yet, airline officials may not have anything to really worry about.

poll by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) determined that the Ebola scare hasn’t stopped most people from traveling.

The survey questioned more than 400 North American travel managers about figures concerning domestic and international trips.

The findings were as follows:

  • 90 percent claimed that the scare has had little to no impact on domestic travel trips. 
  • 80 percent said that the scare has had little to no impact on international travel bookings.
  • 52 percent, however, informed GBTA that they were taking necessary precautions to limit or restrict trips to regions affected by Ebola.  

The rest of America—or at least the majority of it—is too agreeing with the idea of placing travel restrictions to and from plagued countries in West Africa.

In an October poll conducted through the partnership of Ipsos and Reuters, it received over 1,697 replies from 18 and older voters between Thursday 16 and Tuesday 21.

On the first voting day, the poll gathered 1,577 survey responses. Nearly 80 percent of voters said they were concerned about contracting the disease while traveling by plane. Forty-five percent were not the least bit convinced that traveling abroad would be a good idea.

Reuters concluded that 58 percent of American civilians support the ban of imported food from Ebola-infected regions.

The sample also determined:

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  • 72.7 percent Americans would be in favor of blocking air travel to and from the infected countries.
  • 27.3 percent would not be in favor of blocking air travel to and from the infected countries.

Executive Director Mike McCormick of GBTA confirms that air travel is in no way experiencing a setback.

“While Ebola continues to be (a) fluid, ever-changing situation, our poll showed it’s business as usual for the majority of our road warriors," McCormick told USA Today. "We understand, however, that safety is paramount and our members are monitoring the news to ensure they can provide their employees with the most up-to-date information."

Although there hasn’t been any official preventive measures implemented by the U.S. government, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website has provided an outline of all the necessary precautions an airline carrier should follow when confronted with an Ebola situation.

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