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Table 6: System Operating Expenses (excluding Regional Jet Contract) per Originating Passenger Low-Cost Carriers Ranked by 2006 Performance

Table 6: System Operating Expenses (excluding Regional Jet Contract) per Originating Passenger
Low-Cost Carriers
Ranked by 2006 Performance

(Cost in Dollars Excluding Regional Jet Contract Expenses per Originating Passenger)

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2006 Rank Low-Cost 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Change
2001-2006
1 ATA 223 201 183 244 365 396 173
2 America West 183 167 164 164 190 231 48
3 Frontier 177 162 138 150 157 152 -25
4 Spirit 120 113 115 118 126 138 18
5 JetBlue 100 103 100 104 119 131 31
6 AirTran 104 98 97 100 116 120 16
7 Southwest 74 79 82 84 87 95 21
  7-Carrier Average 104 104 104 110 117 123 19

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