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Richard N. Velotta

Frontier Airlines increasing nonstop flights for Las Vegas

29 July 2015

Frontier Airlines, which in recent years has evolved into an ultralow discount air carrier, is expanding operations in Las Vegas.

The Denver-based airline is announcing Tuesday that it will offer daily nonstop flights between McCarran International Airport and Milwaukee, Miami, San Francisco and Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

The airline will fly twin-engine 177-passenger Airbus A320 jets on the San Francisco route and 144-passenger Airbus A319 jets on the others. The new service begins Oct. 25.

With the expansion, Frontier will bring in a local company station manager overseeing contracted employees.

Tuesday's announcement is part of a larger expansion announcement involving new service in other cities.

In Las Vegas, Frontier currently has an average 14 flights a day to nine cities. Its largest Las Vegas market is Denver, with 33 round-trip flights a week.

Indigo Partners, an early investor in Spirit Airlines, acquired Frontier from Republic Airways Holdings for $36 million, assuming $145 million in debt, in 2013. At the time of the transaction, Indigo indicated it would transform Frontier into an ultralow discount carrier, characterized by low fares and a menu of a la carte services.

During the transition, Frontier converted from a hub-and-spoke carrier centered around its Denver headquarters to an airline that flies point to point.

Frontier’s Las Vegas schedule was exclusively to Denver until the conversion began. Now, the airline has at least one round trip a day between Las Vegas and Atlanta; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Orlando, Fla.; St. Louis; Austin, Texas; Chicago's O'Hare International Airport; and Washington's Dulles International Airport.

Systemwide, Frontier serves 52 cities domestically and seven internationally.

Frontier is known for building a popular advertising campaign around various animals painted on its jet tails. In television ads, the animals come to life and talk with each other about Frontier service.

The airline has 57 A319 and A320 jets in its fleet with 105 jets on order with deliveries expected to start in 2016.