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

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

RankAirline20132014201520162017Percent Change
2013 - 20172016 - 2017
1Southwest 45,791 45,163 47,005 50,911 54,652 19.47.3
2JetBlue 12,775 13,513 13,980 15,457 17,007 33.110.0
3Spirit 3,215 3,569 4,159 4,943 5,782 79.817.0
4Allegiant 3,808 3,504 3,022 3,015 3,534 -7.217.2
5Frontier 1,879 2,130 2,443 3,024 3,531 87.916.8
6Virgin 2,386 2,505 2,554 2,852 3,026 26.86.1
Total 69,854 70,384 73,163 80,202 87,532 25.39.1
Notes: 

* Full-time Equivalent Employee (FTE) calculations count two part-time employees as one full-time employee.

Source: 

Bureau of Transportation Statistics