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Frontier Announces New Cleveland Routes

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Frontier Announces New Cleveland Routes

Frontier Announces New Cleveland Routes
March 11
11:26 2014

MIAMI — This morning, Frontier Airlines announced plans to more than double its operations at Cleveland Hopkins.

In mid-June, it will add flights to Atlanta, GA (ATL), Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (FLL), Fort Myers, Fla. (RSW), Orlando, Fla. (MCO) Phoenix, Ariz. (PHX), Raleigh-Durham, NC (RDU) and Tampa, Fla. (TPA) on June 13, 2014. Additionally, the airline will launch seasonal flights to Seattle on June 15.

Frontier’s growth appears to be in response to United Airlines’ decision to de-hub the airport earlier this year. The airline announced that it would be reducing daily departures by more than 64% over three stages beginning next month.

United announced that it would cut over a dozen cities from Cleveland, including Atlanta, GA (ATL), Phoenix, Ariz. (PHX), and Raleigh-Durham, NC (RDU). Frontier will be able to replace the void United created between Cleveland and Phoenix. However, Frontier will not be the only airline to serve Atlanta and Raleigh-Durham. Recently, Delta announced plans to launch flights to RDU, and it announced plans to go all mainline on flights between Atlanta and Cleveland this summer.

“As the only true low-fare carrier at Cleveland, we’re excited to double our destination choices,” said Daniel Shurz, Frontier’s senior vice president, commercial. “We are confident customers will love our ultra-low fares, more choices, and friendly service.”

“We are more than pleased Frontier Airlines has seen an opportunity to bring more air service to the Northeast Ohio region,” said Airport Director Ricky Smith. “Frontier has shown us they have extreme confidence in this market and would like to continue growing in Cleveland.”

Frontier Airlines will also increase weekly flights to Denver from five to twelve. The carrier already connects Cleveland with Denver, Colorado and Trenton, New Jersey, and it flies to Cancun and Punta Cana in partnership with Apple Vacations.

Route: Atlanta
Effective: June 13, 2014
Frequency: Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri/Sat
Aircraft: A320

Route: Fort Lauderdale
Effective: June 14, 2014
Frequency: Mon/Wed/Sat
Aircraft: A320

Route: Fort Myers
Effective: June 13, 2014
Frequency: Wed/Fri/Sun
Aircraft: A320

Route: Phoenix
Effective: June 13, 2014
Frequency: Mon/Wed/Fri
Aircraft: A320

Route: Raleigh Durham
Effective: June 15, 2014
Frequency: Tues/Thurs/Sun
Aircraft: A320

Route: Tampa
Effective: June 15, 2014
Frequency: Tues/Thurs/Sun
Aircraft: A320

Lee Thomas, who heads the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s air service committee, told The Plain Dealer that several of the new Frontier flights are more business-related (Atlanta and Raleight-Durham) while the others are more leisure destinations.

With United’s service reductions looming to take place, the rock and roll city has received a lot of attention with airlines looking to grow their operations. Will they continue to grow in Cleveland? Will Frontier have success with its rapid growth plan? We will have to wait and see.

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