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Frontier Adds Flights To Nine Destinations

Fri May 13, 2005 2:43 am

DENVER, May 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Frontier Airlines (Nasdaq: FRNT - News), which recently resumed seasonal service to Anchorage, will expand its service between its Denver International Airport (DEN) hub and Anchorage International Airport (ANC), adding a second daily non-stop flight on June 19 and extending its Alaska travel season past September 2005 to January 3, 2006. In total, Frontier will increase frequency to ten of its most popular destinations to meet growing demand for travel during the peak summer season. The newly added flights will be aboard Frontier's new all-Airbus A319 and A318 fleet, which feature 24 channels of LiveTV as well as three choices of first-run pay-per-view movies, 33 inches of legroom, and as always, outstanding customer service.

Frontier's Alaska changes are as follows:

* Anchorage (ANC): Seasonal service resumed May 8, 2005 and will run
until Jan. 3, 2006. A second flight will be added from June 19, 2005
to Aug. 13, 2005. The last return flight leaves ANC on 14 August.

Frontier's frequency increases will include the following:

Beginning June 26:

* Denver to/from Reno (RNO) from one mainline flight to two.
* Denver to/from San Jose from one regional jet (RJ) flight, operated by
Horizon Air as Frontier JetExpress, and two mainline flights to one RJ
and three mainline flights, for a new total of four flights.

Beginning July 4:

* Denver to/from Nashville (BNA) from two flights to three.
* Denver to/from San Francisco (SFO) from five flights to six.

Beginning July 10:

* Denver to/from Dallas (DFW) from five flights to six.
* Denver to/from St. Louis (STL) from three flights to four.

Beginning July 24:

* Denver to/from Milwaukee (MKE) from two flights to three.
* Denver to/from Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) from three flights to four.
* Denver to/from Sacramento (SMF) from three flights to four.

"Based upon our success last year and strong Summer bookings for 2005, a second flight to Alaska and an extension of our season there will help meet surging demand," said Jeff Potter, president and CEO. "In addition, capitalizing on the strong traffic that we have seen over the past few months, we are eager to offer greater frequency to some of our most popular cities this summer. With the additional frequencies and new service announced to the Cleveland area (Akron/Canton), Detroit, San Antonio, and Tulsa, Frontier is looking forward to its busiest summer yet offering travelers additional chances to enjoy one of the country's youngest fleets while flying to their favorite destinations."

To make a reservation, customers may visit Frontier's Web sit at, contact Frontier Airlines at 1-800-4321-FLY, or consult their professional travel agent.

About Frontier

Currently in its 11th year of operations, Denver-based Frontier Airlines is the second largest jet service carrier at Denver International Airport with a fleet of 45 aircraft and employing approximately 4,550 aviation professionals. Frontier, in conjunction with Frontier JetExpress operated by Horizon Air, operates routes linking our Denver hub to 44 destinations in 25 states spanning the nation from coast-to-coast and to five cities in Mexico. Frontier's maintenance and engineering department has received the Federal Aviation Administration's highest award, the Diamond Certificate of Excellence, in recognition of 100 percent of its maintenance and engineering employees completing advanced aircraft maintenance training programs, for six consecutive years. In July 2004, Frontier ranked as one of the "Top 10 Domestic Airlines" as determined by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. Frontier provides capacity information and other operating statistics on its Web site, which may be viewed at

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RE: Frontier Adds Flights To Nine Destinations

Fri May 13, 2005 3:32 am

Interesting that the Denver-ANC will operate until 3rd January - I would guess that year round service is coming very shortly.

Good to see Frontier build up its Denver hub operation and is focusing on its strengths.
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RE: Frontier Adds Flights To Nine Destinations

Fri May 13, 2005 3:47 am

UAL transitioning from mainline to RJs on many of these routes might be a factor here. UAL's RJ operation here in DEN has grown dramatically over the last year or two. I can say for myself that given a choice of either an RJ or a 319, I'll take the later any day.

I wonder if UAL will give up those A gates and save the taxpayers the expense of adding to the A concourse for F9? If they keep substituting RJs for mainline, they shouldn't need those gates anymore.
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RE: Frontier Adds Flights To Nine Destinations

Fri May 13, 2005 4:54 am

The (not so) little airline that could: F9 continues to impress!
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RE: Frontier Adds Flights To Nine Destinations

Fri May 13, 2005 4:54 am

i'm sure recent press about United has helped Frontier's bookings, too.
if assumptions could fly, would be the world's busiest airport
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RE: Frontier Adds Flights To Nine Destinations

Fri May 13, 2005 5:03 am

There's some interesting stuff. Not the least is the aircraft scheduling - the fleet is tight until some new deliveries arrive next year.

RNO: last time we heard anything in the press, RNO loads were not so good. They've tried 2 x daily before, so maybe things have changed.

SJC: CEO Potter has said that pax don't like the mix of mainline and express, and they have tried to avoid it. Not at SJC, obviously, but hey, if its doing well....

BNA x 3: no surprise - but SFO x 6? Wow. DEN/SFO is a United hub to hub. Although it has always been okay for Frontier, I am surprised at 6 x daily.

MKE x 3 - hmm. With NWA starting the route, that's a lot of lift. Frontier's l/f has always been good and maybe they know something we don't. MEH?

SMF x 4. That's another real surprise to me. There was some talk of starting a Mexican route from SMF, but I guess not this winter.

I assume that several of these frequencies will be reduced for the winter, which leaves:

ANC: Yay! We already knew about the 2nd frequency, but extending the season to Jan 3 is interesting.

I gather that Alaskans get a big disgruntled by summer only airlines. Maybe this will gruntle them.

But why Jan 3? Yes, the holiday traffic, but then comes the nastiest part of winter up there, and I would have though getaways to Mexican beaches would have done well.

So we'll see. Jan 3 means "nearly" year round.


United hasn't actually "needed" the A gates for some time - if ever. Prior to the revamp with DIA, the A gates were extremely under-utilized.

Then United put Ted in there, which bumps up the utilization. But, as you say, with the move to so much express flying from DEN, why not consolidate it all in the B terminal?


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RE: Frontier Adds Flights To Nine Destinations

Fri May 13, 2005 5:09 am


Are the plans for the expanded RJ facility for United still on? I would think recent United events would create doubt for the need to spend that money.

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RE: Frontier Adds Flights To Nine Destinations

Fri May 13, 2005 5:16 am


Quoting Quickmover (Reply 6):
Are the plans for the expanded RJ facility for United still on?

The plans are there, but the last time I heard anything they had been put on hold for "a while."

I don't know if that is true, but I know that the extension of the A terminal for Frontier is "on hold".

There have been conflicting stories. CEO Potter doesn't want more expensive new gates because he feels that United doesn't need the old gates, but recently he also said that the gate situation had been "resolved".

To me, it feels like a replay of fifteen months ago, but in a few months, Frontier is due to give up the two (?) A gates that came to them from United as part of the settlement.


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