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Table 12: Low-Cost Airline Full-time Equivalent Employees*, April 2013 - 2017

(FTEs for April of each year. Ranked by April 2017 FTEs)

RankAirline20132014201520162017Percent Change
2013 - 20172016 - 2017
1Southwest 45,590 45,217 47,179 51,443 54,836 20.36.6
2JetBlue 12,872 13,638 14,347 15,629 17,224 33.810.2
3Spirit 3,159 3,652 4,214 5,049 5,849 85.215.8
4Frontier 3,737 3,628 2,911 3,070 3,590 -3.916.9
5Allegiant 1,899 2,089 2,442 3,096 3,531 85.914.1
6Virgin America 2,420 2,527 2,602 2,893 3,049 26.05.4
Total 69,677 70,751 73,695 81,180 88,079 26.48.5
Notes: 
Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.
* Full-time Equivalent Employee (FTE) calculations count two part-time employees as one full-time employee.
Source: 

Bureau of Transportation Statistics