MIAMI — Frontier announced it would begin service from Washington Dulles airport on Tuesday. The low-cost carrier will offer non-stop flights to fourteen destinations, turning the DC-area hub into the carrier’s new focus city starting on August 19th.
The list of new cities include Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago O’Hare, Cincinnati, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Orlando, St. Augstine/Jacksonville, St. Louis, and Tampa. The destinations will be phased in over a two week period, operating on a mix of days:
The flights will be operated with Airbus A320 aircraft, save for St. Louis, which will see service via the A319.
Adding Dulles to the map will complete the DC-area trifecta, as Frontier already serves Baltimore BWI and Reagan National. The former serves Punta Cana D.R. seasonally, while the latter serves the carrier’s Denver hub. It will also pit Frontier heavily against entrenched Dulles hub airline United, which it will operate against on ten of the fourteen routes. The other four will be unopposed for Frontier.
The carrier has been engaging in a modest expansion in service over the past few months. It announced it would expand operations in St. Louis in February, adding three new destinations to bring the total to ten. The carrier also shared that it would add new service from Cleveland in mid-March, not long after United announced it would de-hub the airport. Frontier will add seven new cities to the map from Cleveland, and bulk up service on several existing routes beginning in June, effectively doubling its presence at the airport.
Not all of it is going well however, Frontier quietly announced that it would ax Wilmington, Delaware to Detroit in the fall. The route had only begun two weeks ago, along with service from the same city to Atlanta.
The carrier made waves more recently, however, as it announced it would begin charging for carry-on bags and seat assignments on April 28th. The change underscores Frontier’s continued transformation for a mere low-cost carrier to the world of ultra-low-cost carrier along with Spirit Airlines.