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Table 3: System Operating Profit/(Loss) per Originating Passenger

Low-Cost Carriers
Ranked by 2006 Performance

(Dollars of Profit or Loss per Originating Passenger)

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2006 Rank Low-Cost 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Change
2001-2006
1 Southwest 9.56 6.46 7.22 7.78 10.60 10.94 1.38
2 JetBlue 12.45 20.42 20.51 10.25 4.49 6.89 -5.56
3 AirTran 9.45 4.37 10.07 3.25 1.08 3.17 -6.28
4 Frontier 8.34 -2.78 6.10 -7.51 -0.37 -1.96 -10.30
5 America West -31.78 -12.60 1.79 -0.25 -8.21 -5.07 26.71
6 Spirit 3.25 -1.90 1.90 -11.52 -12.80 -9.99 -13.24
7 ATA -15.19 -21.91 1.88 -68.87 -107.90 -15.64 -0.45
  7-Carrier Average 2.46 2.28 7.19 0.40 2.10 6.56 4.10

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41 Airline Financial Data and DB1B Origin & Destination Data