Frontier Airlines is planning to launch flights to Colorado Springs by the end of 2016. This will be the airline’s first flight in three years. The airline said that it wants to launch flights to new destinations from Colorado Springs during its winter schedule, which starts from November and expected to conclude by July next year.
Earlier, Denver-based low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines had announced in February this year its plans to launch daily nonstop flights to Phoenix from Colorado Springs starting from June 28, 2016.
Barry Biffle, CEO of Frontier Airlines, said, “After we announced plans to resume flights services to Colorado Springs in January this year, we have now become hopeful and optimistic regarding the success of the service this time round. We are planning to expand services to Colorado Springs by launching flights from many cities in California as well as those from the Central Time Zone. The expanded service is likely to include nearly 15 to 20 destinations within 3 to 5 years. The bookings of flight tickets so far on Colorado Springs-Phoenix route are appreciable.”
Biffle further said that all possibilities regarding the launch of flights to Colorado Springs from new destinations are being studied. There is little service on these routes and it’s somewhat a guessing game. It is true that the airline couldn’t succeed in Colorado Springs last time, but this time more caution has to be there. It may be noted that Western Pacific Airlines started serving Colorado Springs 20 years ago, but it failed as the service wasn’t financially viable. However, the airline showed that a huge market existed. Now that Frontier Airlines has decided to once again return to Colorado Springs with expanded service the airport is likely to be increased three to five times than its current size in terms of passenger numbers.
John Suthers, Mayor of Colorado Springs, said, “It can be confidently said that the return of Frontier Airlines is indeed a big victory for the city, the airport and entire Southern Colorado. It is hoped that the airline will continue to grow in Colorado Springs.”