Delta Air Expects 65,000 Applicants for 1,000 Jobs

Delta Air Lines Inc., the world’s largest carrier, said it anticipates getting about 65,000 applications for its 1,000 airport job openings as millions of Americans continue to look for work.

The airline is hiring workers at its 25 biggest U.S. airports to help with planes that are flying with near-record percentages of seats filled and cope with weather disruptions, Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson said today in a weekly recorded message to employees.

The company often gets “many multiples” of applications when it has job openings, he said. Delta has about 81,000 employees and previously said it plans to hire about 240 pilots.

Delta is expanding its workforce as travel demand and fares increase, helping repair balance sheets and return the industry to profitability. The Atlanta-based carrier may report second-quarter net income of $510 million on July 19, based on the average of 5 analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

U.S. airlines employed 18,756 fewer workers in May than a year earlier, according to the federal Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The industry’s total workforce was 557,400 people for the month, the agency reported.

The June unemployment rate was 9.5 percent for the U.S. and 10 percent for Georgia, according to government data.