Frontier sets fares for new Aspen service |

Frontier sets fares for new Aspen service

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Frontier Airlines president and CEO Sean Menke announces eight new regional destinations during a news conference Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008, in Denver. Frontier Airlines Holdings Inc. announced Thursday it will expand service to eight cities across the Rockies as it works to improve the bottom line while coping with persistently high fuel costs and aggressive competition. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

ASPEN ” Frontier Airlines is advertising introductory, one-way fares between Aspen and Denver starting at $89 when it begins its long-anticipated service to the resort in May.

The airline formally announced its plan to expand service to eight new regional destinations on Thursday. It came as no surprise that the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport was among them; the resort was widely expected to be among the destinations for Frontier’s new, low-cost regional carrier, Lynx Aviation.

On Thursday, Frontier’s website advertised five daily flights between Aspen and Denver, beginning May 15, with the first departure from Aspen at 7 a.m. and the last one at 7:15 p.m. The first flight of the day out of Denver will depart at 8:30 a.m. and arrive in Aspen at 9:25 a.m., while the last flight out of Denver departs at 9:45 p.m. and arrives at 10:40 p.m.

The airline is also advertising introductory one-way airfares between Aspen and a host of destinations in the United States and Canada that start at $119.

Lynx will represent the first head-to-head competition with United for air travel between Aspen and Denver in a number of years.

The airline also announced plans to serve Colorado Springs, Durango and Grand Junction in Colorado, along with Fargo, N.D.; Jackson, Wyo.; and Missoula and Bozeman, both in Montana, using its regional jet and turboprop aircraft.

Not among the new destinations announced Thursday is the Eagle County Airport, which serves Vail and Beaver Creek. Glenwood Springs joined the Vail Valley Partnership in trying to entice the airline to Eagle County.

Frontier unveiled its plans about three weeks after reporting its fiscal third-quarter loss more than doubled due to high fuel costs and Lynx-related expenses.

It originally planned to launch Lynx service with the Q-400 turboprop last October, in time to serve Aspen for the ski season, but delays in gaining Federal Aviation Administration approval for the plane put the plan on hold. Frontier then set its sights on launching the new service by the end of 2007, but that target date, too, came and went.

Frontier did launch three Lynx routes last year ” to Wichita, Kan., Rapid City, S.D., and Sioux City, Iowa.

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