August 31, 2018

Frontier Airlines has Arrived

Frontier Airlines has arrived at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport bringing low fares to Denver.  Frontier was warmly greeted with a water cannon salute and cheers, clapping, and horn blowing from a full flight of passengers ready to take Frontier’s first flight to Denver.

Frontier Airlines’ arrival to Wichita Eisenhower National Airport with low-fare service to Denver could not come soon enough.  Frontier served the Wichita market from October 2007 to November 2012.  Due to the economic downturn and a decrease in travel around the nation, Frontier exited ICT and eventually was bought by Republic Airlines and then by Indigo Partners, a venture capital firm.

Since Frontier discontinued service in Nov. 2012, average fares to Denver have increased 109% and passengers to Denver have decreased 54% (Q4 2012 – Q4 2017).   Denver went from our 3rd top destination in 2012 to our 13th top destination in 2017.  Capacity to Denver (number of seats) has decreased 49% (through Q2 2018).

A recent fare comparison for midweek travel on September 4-6 shows the following results:

United to Denver Sept. 4-6, 2018 Frontier to Denver Sept. 4-6, 2018 
AIRFARE (including
taxes and fees)
$815.00AIRFARE (including taxes and fees)$126.40
ECONOMY BUNDLE (includes economy plus
seating & checked bag)
$82.00The Works Bundle$118.00
TOTAL$896.40TOTAL$244.40

This is a $652 difference.

Frontier is now an ultra low-cost carrier, which means they offer discounted fares, unbundled fees, and flies three times a week instead of daily.   Frontier brings much needed competition to the Denver route.  As a result, United is increasing seats by 15% and adding a second narrow-body aircraft in October.  United’s midweek fares have decreased; instead of $815, their fares are advertised at $549 (round-trip).  Those fares, of course, change often.

Flights will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays using an Airbus A320.

Schedule

  • Depart ICT 6:35 p.m.
    Arrive DEN 7:14 p.m.
  • Depart DEN 3:15 p.m.
    Arrive ICT 5:44 p.m.

Frontier is expanding rapidly and now serves 100 markets.  If our market strongly supports them, they will likely add more low-fare destinations.

Learn more about Frontier’s programs and book your flight at www.flyfrontier.com.

 

 

 

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Victor White

Director of Airports

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