Major Carriers Put on Notice as Low-Cost Frontier Adds 21 Destinations

The carrier is making no changes to its daily flights to Las Vegas, Phoenix and Orlando, Fla., and is continuing seasonal four-day-a-week service to Los Angeles International Airport through the schedule's April 7 end date.

Ontario International is in the inland region about 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of Los Angeles.

Frontier is a low-priced carrier.

Frontier, founded in 1994 after another, unrelated airline with the same name closed shop, is known for its low, no-frills fares, with additional fees for checking bags or other upgrades from basic service. "It's a medium sized destination, easy for customers and it's a great partnership".

Austin, Texas, was RDU's top market in terms of passenger demand without a nonstop flight until Delta Air Lines began flying there in March. "And the important point is we picked Tampa where we're adding the most flights of any city in the U.S".

However, some one-way flights from the desert were priced about $45.

The carrier's reintroduction to Tulsa International Airport (TUL) will include nonstop service to Denver (DEN), Orlando (MCO) and San Diego (SAN). This includes 300 nonstop flights and over 1,500 connections, Tyler said.

The nine new routes will increase Frontier's total MIA operations to 15 destinations by year-end. Whether an expanded connecting hub in Denver will work this time around is anyone's guess, but the airline faces more formidible foes in both Southwest Airlines and United there than it did when it right sized in 2015. Passengers can also select the airline's low-cost bundle known as the WORKS, which allows the passenger to purchase a one way fare, carry-on bag and a checked bag.

The growth by Frontier however steers clear for the most part from territory that is dominated by Spirit Airlines the ultra-low cost carrier. Tampa service starts November 10th.

  • Eleanor Harrison