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

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

RankAirline20132014201520162017Percent Change
2013 - 20172016 - 2017
1Southwest 45,148 45,750 48,642 53,072 55,671 23.34.9
2JetBlue 12,955 13,381 14,877 16,324 17,615 36.07.9
3Spirit 3,389 3,803 4,450 5,397 6,323 86.617.2
4Allegiant 1,998 2,211 2,650 3,283 3,700 85.212.7
5Frontier 3,476 3,758 2,869 3,262 3,583 3.19.8
6Virgin America 2,460 2,525 2,688 2,946 3,146 27.96.8
Total 69,426 71,428 76,176 84,284 90,038 29.76.8
Notes: 

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

Source: 

Bureau of Transportation Statistics