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Recently revealed statistics from the US Bureau of Transportation show that the country’s aviation industry has shed one quarter of its workforce over the past ten years, with the largest airlines hardest hit.
One in every four jobs in the airline industry disappeared in the ten years ending 31 December. As a result airlines employed 557,674 full-time and part-time workers at the end of 2009; a figure down more than 170,000 from the end of 1999.
Major airlines such as United and American were the hardest hit, with United now less than half its 1999 size following a Chapter 11 bankruptcy and subsequent reorganisation during 2002-06, while American has seen numbers fall 26 per cent from a peak of 97,199 in 1999.
Delta and Northwest – which merged in 2008 after both went through bankruptcy reorganisation earlier in the decade – showed a similarly steep drop in employment numbers. There have been several driving factors behind the job losses, according to the BOT, with a stunted economy, fluctuating fuel prices, increased security at airports, taxes and an increasing regulatory burden all taking a toll.
However, Southwest Airlines, JetBlue and Alaska Airlines have all added jobs over the last ten years.

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Starwood Hotels recently celebrated the launch of the Luxury Collection in the United Arab Emirates, as Dubai’s iconic Grosvenor House joins the brand.
Located on the exclusive Dubai Marina, the custom designed property celebrates the essence of Dubai; seamlessly blending exquisite Arabian décor with contemporary sophistication throughout its 422 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, suites and apartment suites.
Originally opened in 2005, Grosvenor House includes a state-of-the-art fitness facility and spa, business areas equipped with cutting-edge technology and unparalleled premium service with butlers on call 24 hours a day.
The property, however, is perhaps most famous for its exceptional choice of dining experiences – with 12 different world-class restaurants and bars to choose from.
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