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

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

RankAirline20132014201520162017Percent Change
2013 - 20172016 - 2017
1Southwest 44,911 46,299 49,578 53,678 56,067 24.84.5
2JetBlue 12,990 13,677 15,214 16,681 17,788 36.96.6
3Spirit 3,521 4,447 4,623 5,484 6,505 84.718.6
4Allegiant 2,048 2,398 2,737 3,223 3,760 83.616.7
5Frontier 3,444 3,672 2,875 3,380 3,670 6.68.6
6Virgin America 2,488 2,521 2,756 2,993 3,225 29.67.8
Total 69,402 73,014 77,783 85,439 91,015 31.16.5
Notes: 

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

Source: 

Bureau of Transportation Statistics