MORRISVILLE, N.C. – Denver-based Frontier Airlines officials announced on Thursday a significant expansion of flights originating at Raleigh-Durham International airport. Frontier will begin flying to six new destinations – Buffalo, Houston, Milwaukee, New Orleans, San Antonio and San Juan, Puerto Rico – bringing the number of RDU Frontier flights to 15, and making it the second-largest carrier with routes originating from the airport.
The new RDU flights were part of a larger announcement by Frontier that included new fare prices and a total of 35 additional destinations around the country.
“This additional 35 routes is further evidence of Frontier’s commitment to deliver on our mission to make air travel more affordable and accessible to 90 percent of America,” said Daniel Shurz, senior vice president of commercial for Frontier Airlines. “We’re offering not only amazing low fares but a reliable and friendly service that allows customers to customize their travel experience to their needs and their budget. This empowers more people than ever to fly. This is what our Low Fares Done Right philosophy is all about.”
This announcement brings a number of notable milestones for the reduced-fare carrier. Frontier moves to the top spot as largest carrier in Long Island, N.Y. in terms of destinations served (12). Moreover, the carrier moves will now be the second largest carrier in Austin (30), Denver (77), Raleigh-Durham (15), Jacksonville, Fla. (6), Philadelphia (27) and San Antonio (14) in a number of destinations served. Frontier will be the only airline serving Branson Airport. This announcement comes just a week after an announcement of nine additional routes that will also begin in April.
Frontier has added four new cities with this announcement and will begin offering service this spring to/from Birmingham, Ala.(April 11); Savannah/Hilton Head (May 1); Myrtle Beach, S.C. (May 20) and Branson, Mo.(June 13).
Frontier flies one the youngest fleet in the industry consisting of Airbus A320 Family jet aircraft. With nearly 200 more new aircraft on order, Frontier says it hopes to continue to grow and modernize its fleet to deliver on the mission to provide affordable travel across America. By 2026, the company says it will be in a position to offer service to more than 50 million passengers a year.