A year ago, Frontier announced it was pulling out of Aspen after Lynx's disposal but did an about-face and continued service when lease arrangements on the turboprops fell through.
Since then, "we've seen steady improvement of Frontier's performance here," Tomcich said, adding that Frontier outperformed United/SkyWest last winter in filling planes.
Tomcich said that if Frontier officials "are forced to abandon Aspen, it's not a decision they would make lightly."
Taken with the other fleet developments, this continues to be an interesting story. I know there are some who see this as just another part of the strategic mess. (Yeah, I'd like for them to get their fleet moves hammered down, too, but I'd also like a Jag XKR in my driveway tomorrow morning. Fortunately, it seems that the former is closer to fruition.) The turboprops still have a valuable place in the fleet, and it's not just about ASE.