Frontier pulled out of IAD
. There is some debate about why. Or even, why they went there.
From Day 1, DEN
was a terrific route for them as 1 x daily. When Congress opened up some more beyond perimeter slots, Frontier applied for 4 (2 x landing, 2 x take off) to give them - if they got the slots - 3 x daily.
At the same time they applied for the DCA
slots, they announced a 2 x daily service to IAD
Several people raised their eyebrows, including me, and there was some concern that this would not help their DCA
However, Frontier management thought it would help the DCA
case, and certainly they got the additional slots. As a 3 x daily, DEN
is a terrific route for Frontier.
But then they announced they were dropping IAD
, and several people, including myself, raised their eyebrows.
Did they start DEN
in case they didn't get the additional DCA
slots? Did they start IAD
to show DOT they were serious about Washington? Did they always hope to run both routes?
Mind you, they dropped IAD
at about the time the price of fuel (oil) was going throguh the roof, so that they have something to do with it.
But who knows?