Frontier won’t fly to Eagle County yet
Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Denver-based Frontier Airlines announced several new destinations in Colorado on Thursday. Eagle County airport is not on the list, but airport officials say they are still talking with the carrier about bringing the service to Eagle.
“It’s still a possibility,” said Eagle Airport Terminal Manager Chris Anderson.
Beginning this spring, the low-cost carrier will fly Bombardier Q400 aircraft from Denver to Aspen, Grand Junction, Durango and Colorado Springs.
The addition of Frontier flights would add two to four daily flights to and from Denver International Airport.
Part of the reason Frontier wanted to wait on Eagle service is that some of the airport’s runways will be closed for expansion this year, limiting flights, said County Communications Director Justin Finestone.
Frontier Airlines spokesperson Joe Hodas said he is optimistic that the carrier will come to the area. A concern for the airline regarding when they would come to Eagle is getting enough time to advertise ticket sales, he said.
“Eagle and Vail are still high on our priority list. It’s a question of timing and when,” Hodas said.
Frontier will announce another round of new locations in late summer, and Eagle could be included then, he said.
“We’re disappointed we weren’t included in the first round, but we’re definitely looking forward to having them up here,” Anderson said.
There may also be opportunities in the future for more flights to and from West coast locations like California, Washington and Nevada, he said.
The Colorado Springs flights begin April 15, and the rest start May 15.
Frontier’s new service is expected to reduce the average fare in many of the new markets by as much as 50 percent, the airline said in a press release.
“Frontier’s new service is great news for Colorado, and it’s even better news for travelers from around the country seeking to visit Colorado’s top destinations,” Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter said in a press release. “Tourism is one of Colorado’s most important economic drivers and with the additional capacity Frontier will provide, there is only upside for the tourism industry.”
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