Alaska Airlines Plans to Hire Several Thousand New Employees This year

The projected openings cover a wide range of jobs, including pilots, flight attendants, customer-service agents and software engineers, the company says

By Bill Conroy January 27, 2020

Honolulu, USA - November 15, 2015: A group of Alaska Airlines baggage handlers taking a break mid day on the tarmac at the Honolulu airport.

Alaska Airlines and its sister carrier, regional airline Horizon Air, plan to hire some 2,800 employees this year across a range of jobs as the carrier continues to spread its wings as a major commercial airline company.

The companys parent, Seattle-based Alaska Air Group, expects that most of the new jobs will be based at the airlines two hub airports in Seattle and Portland, Oregon. The job openings will be made public throughout the year via Alaskas online jobs site.

Were hiring! And were eager to welcome more great people to Alaska and Horizon, says Andy Schneider, Alaskas senior vice president of people. We offer a wide variety of positions at both airlines that can lead to growth opportunities within the companies. Theres always the potential to move up the ladder. And the joy of traveling is a great perk.

Among the job categories expected to the highest number of positions open during the course of this year include customer- and passenger-service agents, 945 at Alaska and 220 at Horizon; pilots, about 200 each at Alaska and Horizon; ground-service agents, some 450 at Horizon; flight attendants, 166 at Alaska and about 150 at Horizon; and software engineers, designers and developers, about 47 at Alaska.

Alaska Airlines, including its Horizon Air subsidiary, is the leading carrier at Sea-Tac Airport, with a 48.5% market share. The airline company served more than 25.1 million passengers in 2019, up from about 24 million in 2018, according to Sea-Tac figures.

Alaska Airlines and its regional partners serve more than 115 destinations with an average of 1,300 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica. Commercial airline passenger traffic at Sea-Tac Airport jumped to 51.8 million in 2019, up from 49.8 million in 2018, airport data shows.

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