Frontier provides dozens of latest routes in doable technique shift

Frontier Airways introduced a slew of latest routes this week that can see the ultra-low-cost service develop its footprint at greater than three dozen airports – dramatically scaling up its presence at a handful of these.

In all, the Denver-based price range airline introduced 54 new routes, by TPG’s depend, throughout 38 airports. Most of the new routes begin in April, Might or on the very starting of June.

“It is a huge enlargement of our operation from coast to coast and internationally,” Frontier vp of community and operations design Josh Flyr stated in an announcement asserting the information Tuesday.

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But it surely’s the place the airline is increasing that has caught the eyes of some trade observers.

Taking over rivals

A lot of Frontier’s new routes put the airline head-to-head with a few of its largest U.S. rivals.

For example, the airline will develop its presence most importantly at Dallas Fort Price Worldwide Airport (DFW), the house base of American Airways. With 14 new routes out of DFW, Frontier will provide about 28% extra seats in the course of the second quarter of 2024 versus that very same interval in 2023, in accordance with knowledge from aviation analytics agency Cirium.

Frontier will provide new service (albeit only a few occasions weekly) on a number of hub-to-hub routes of the biggest U.S. carriers. It should fly between Charlotte Douglas Worldwide Airport (CLT) and DFW and Chicago’s O’Hare Worldwide Airport (ORD) — each American hubs. United Airways runs a big hub out of O’Hare.

It should provide 4 weekly spherical journeys between Delta Air Strains hubs in Atlanta and Minneapolis whereas additionally flying between Los Angeles and San Francisco — two United Airways hubs.

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In the meantime, Frontier will provide fewer seats within the second quarter to Las Vegas, Orlando and Cancun — leisure locations which might be sometimes a trademark of low-cost carriers’ networks.

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Frontier executives teased this technique shift late final 12 months amid widespread trade commentary — which got here maybe most loudly from United executives — that airways have merely added too many flights to widespread home leisure locations.

Although the competitors might help drive decrease airfare for vacationers, it could actually make filling seats tougher for airways.

Frontier CEO Barry Biffle, talking on the service’s October 2023 third-quarter earnings name, cited an “uneven deployment of capability” within the U.S. affecting Frontier’s earnings efficiency.

Frontier CEO Barry Biffle. DAVID SLOTNICK/THE POINTS GUY

“We will probably be focusing on development sort of away from these locations which were saturated — within the extra underserved markets — as we transfer into [2024],” Biffle advised analysts final fall, seemingly forecasting a change within the airline’s community technique.

To that finish, knowledge from Cirium reveals Frontier additionally plans to wind down at the very least six routes within the coming months, every of which touches a warm-weather vacation spot within the U.S., Mexico or the Caribbean.

Spirit-JetBlue aftermath an element?

It is also price noting that Frontier’s community modifications come simply days after a federal choose sided with the U.S. Division of Justice in blocking JetBlue’s deliberate merger with outstanding low-cost competitor Spirit Airways.

It is unlikely the timing is coincidental, stated Kerry Tan, an economics professor at Loyola College in Baltimore, whose analysis focuses on airline fares and competitors. Whereas Frontier possible did not rush out its route map replace within the wake of the ruling, he stated Frontier had nearly definitely been anticipating how you can higher compete because the ultra-low-cost phase of the market was set for a significant shake-up with the court docket determination looming.

“I believe Frontier was at all times going to try to place themselves, submit JetBlue-Spirit, as the brand new, go-to ultra-low-cost service,” Tan supplied.

How profitable may Frontier be because it provides presence on a number of bigger airways’ dwelling turf?

“I believe they know that making an attempt to compete head-to-head with a few of the main airways at their hub — they are not going to draw everybody,” Tan stated. “However I believe there is a particular area of interest market that ultra-low-cost carriers can cater to and actually succeed with. And that is the leisure traveler that is making an attempt to get to their vacation spot as cheaply as doable, and do not want a few of the facilities that the most important airways present.”

Frontier A321neo-1. DAVID SLOTNICK/THE POINTS GUY

New routes introduced

In all, Frontier’s community modifications embody expanded operations at 38 airports throughout the nation.

On high of greater than a dozen new routes at DFW, the service is including eight new flights out of San Juan, Puerto Rico — the place it not too long ago established a brand new crew base. It is including seven new flights out of Charlotte, and 6 out of Raleigh-Durham Worldwide Airport (RDU) in North Carolina.

  • ATL-MSP — begins April 10, operates 4 occasions weekly
  • BNA-DFW — begins April 21, operates 4 occasions weekly
  • BOS-RDU — begins April 10, operates 4 occasions weekly
  • BUF-CLT — begins Might 17, operates 3 times weekly
  • BWI-CLT — begins April 10, operates every day
  • BWI-MDW — begins April 10, operates 3 times weekly; then 4 occasions weekly as of Might 25
  • BWI-DTW — begins April 10, operates 4 occasions weekly
  • CLE-MSP — begins Might 17, operates 4 weekly spherical journeys
  • CLE-LGA — begins April 10, operates every day
  • CLT-LGA — begins April 10, operates every day
  • CLT-IAH – begins April 21, operates 3 times weekly
  • CLT-DFW — begins April 11, operates 3 times weekly
  • CLT-ORD – begin April 11, operates 3 times weekly
  • CLT-SJU – begins June 1; operates as soon as every day, however as soon as weekly on northbound journey
  • CVG-MSP — begins Might 16, operates 3 times weekly
  • CVG-LGA — begins April 10, operates every day
  • DEN-LAX, begins April 10, operates every day
  • DEN-ORD, begins April 10, operates every day
  • DEN-LGA, begins Might 16, operates every day
  • DFW-IAH, begins April 21, operates twice every day
  • DFW-OMA, begins Might 17, operates 3 times weekly
  • DFW-IND, begins April 22, operates 4 occasions weekly
  • DFW-ORD, begins April 10, operates every day
  • DFW-MSP, begins April 21, operates 4 occasions weekly
  • DFW-GRR, begins Might 16, operates 3 times weekly
  • DFW-PVR, begins Might 16, operates two occasions weekly (pending authorities approval)
  • DFW-DTW, begins April 22, operates 4 occasions weekly
  • DFW-SLC, begins April 11, operates 3 times weekly
  • DFW-RSW, begins April 22, operates 4 occasions weekly
  • DFW-LAX, begins April 10, operates every day
  • DFW-PDX, begins April 21, operates 4 occasions weekly
  • IAH-MDW, begins April 11, operates 4 occasions weekly
  • LAS-LAX, begins April 10, operates every day
  • LAX-PHX, begins April 10, operates every day
  • LAX-SFO, begins April 10, operates every day
  • LGA-RDU, begins April 10, operates every day
  • MIA-RDU, begins April 10, operates every day
  • MKE-RDU, begins Might 16, operates 3 times weekly
  • MSP-PHL, begins Might 21, operates every day
  • ONT-PDX, begins April 10, operates every day
  • ONT-SLC, begins April 10, operates every day
  • ORD-RDU, begins April 11, operates 3 times weekly
  • PDX-SFO, begins Might 21, operates every day
  • PHX-STL, begins April 10, operates 4 occasions weekly
  • RDU-TPA, begins April 10, operates every day
  • SAN-SFO, begins April 10, operates every day
  • SFO-SLC, begins April 10, operates every day
  • SJU-FLL, begins June 1, function 4 occasions weekly
  • SJU-BOS, begins June 2, operates 3 times weekly
  • SJU-ORF, begins June 2, operates 3 times weekly
  • SJU-PBI, begins June 2, operates 3 times weekly
  • SJU-RSW, begins June 2, operates 3 times weekly
  • SJU-STX, begins June 2, operates 3 times weekly (pending authorities approval)
  • SJU-SXM, begins June 3, operates twice weekly (pending authorities approval)

Frontier providing flight offers

The airline can also be providing some fairly compelling offers, with base fares on some routes beginning as little as $19 on many of those new routes. You will must e book by the top of the night time on Jan. 25 to faucet into this “mega deal.”

And, have in mind, there are fairly a couple of restrictions that apply to the deal, from blackout dates to specified journey dates and days of the week — so your greatest guess could also be to go looking your ideally suited journey itinerary and see if the costs match up.

As at all times with low-cost carriers like Frontier, take into account that the bottom fares are solely a place to begin, and you may possible pay much more than $19 for “extras” like a full-sized carry-on, checked bag or seat choice.

Route eliminations

Frontier has additionally filed plans to remove a half-dozen routes, as proven in knowledge from Cirium.

  • BNA-MCO
  • TPA-BQN
  • BWI-CUN
  • BWI-PHX
  • DEN-JAX
  • MCO-MBJ

A Frontier spokesperson didn’t verify the cuts, however stated any route eliminations are unrelated to the brand new routes introduced this week.

“Not one of the important development cities are related to year-over-year cuts inside that very same metropolis, however extra typically are greatest considered a part of our orienting the community in direction of underserved and overpriced markets,” the airline advised TPG.

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