DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Frontier Airlines today announced it will bring its friendly brand of low-fare air service to Wilmington/Philadelphia New Castle Airport in Wilmington, DE starting July 1, 2013. Frontier will offer five new nonstop routes on 168-seat Airbus A320 aircraft to Chicago-Midway, Denver, Houston, Orlando, and Tampa, as well as offer connecting service via Denver to destinations across the west. Frontier will be the only airline providing scheduled service from Wilmington/Philadelphia Airport, just a short drive from downtown Philadelphia.
This expansion comes on the heels of Frontier’s recent entry into Trenton, NJ, where Frontier now offers ten destinations. Frontier seeks to duplicate its success at Trenton-Mercer Airport in Ewing, NJ by bringing low fares to customers who live south of Philadelphia with convenient and complementary service from Wilmington/Philadelphia Airport.
Customers traveling on Frontier’s new routes from Wilmington/Philadelphia will find the best fares, more choice and better perks when booking on Frontier’s website FlyFrontier.com. Customers flying the new routes to or from Wilmington/Philadelphia can register to earn triple EarlyReturns® frequent flier miles** for all flights in July 2013 and double miles*** for all flights in August and September 2013. Become an EarlyReturns® member by visiting: flyfrontier.com/earlyreturns. Register for the mileage promos by visiting: flyfrontier.com/memberoffers.
Low introductory fares are available through April 20, 2013 only at FlyFrontier.com.
“This is an exciting day for Frontier as we bring low-fares and friendly service to the convenient Wilmington/Philadelphia Airport, providing time-and-money-saving options to customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland,” said Daniel Shurz, Frontier’s senior vice president, commercial. “Customers who fly Frontier from Wilmington/Philadelphia can skip congested and expensive alternative hubs in the region and enjoy quick, convenient, low-fare travel to great destinations.”
“We hope Delawareans will take advantage of the convenience of having an airline service so close to home,” said Governor Jack Markell. “Bringing this new business to our state is a welcomed economic opportunity to provide new travel options for Delawareans.”
"Commercial passenger air service in and out of Delaware is something we've been without for far too long," U.S. Senator Chris Coons said. "This is exciting news. The convenience and value that Delawareans will enjoy by having a full-service airline in New Castle County is significant, reducing travel time on the ground and ticket costs in the air. I'm grateful that Frontier has chosen to invest in Delaware and look forward to taking advantage of this new opportunity."
“Now is the perfect time to bring commercial air back to Delaware,” said Congressman John Carney. “The New Castle County Airport is a convenient option for travelers in the Mid-Atlantic region, and provides easy access to the businesses and attractions located in Delaware. This project is also a boost for the economy that brings quality jobs for flight attendants, ground-handling employees, and maintenance technicians. I’m excited to see travelers once again flying into and out of New Castle County Airport.”
“We are pleased to welcome Frontier Airlines to Wilmington and low-fare, quality service for the residents of the Delaware Valley region,” said Stephen Williams, Airports Director for the Delaware River and Bay Authority, operators of New Castle Airport. “With its location and airfield characteristics, New Castle Airport is ideally positioned to be a growth catalyst for the area. We believe Frontier’s decision to schedule daily flights here illustrates the airport’s appeal to the aviation community.”
Following is the schedule for Frontier’s new Wilmington/Philadelphia service:
|July 1, 2013||3/week||A320|
|Denver||July 2, 2013||4/week||A320|
|Houston||July 1, 2013||3/week||A320|
|Orlando||July 2, 2013||2/week||A320|
|Tampa||July 4, 2013||2/week||A320|
This new service will operate on spacious 168-seat Airbus 320 aircraft, which offer more customer amenities, including 30 channels of DIRECTV service available at every seat. Additionally, all Wilmington/Philadelphia flights will offer six rows of comfortable STRETCH seating with an additional five-seven inches of legroom, and the airline’s SELECT seating product. Frontier’s website, FlyFrontier.com, offers the guaranteed best fares and is the only place STRETCH and SELECT seating is available at the time of booking.
At Wilmington/Philadelphia Airport, Frontier customers can avoid the hassles and lines of airports like Baltimore and Philadelphia. The airport offers affordable parking, transit service on Dart Routes 22 and 25 to downtown Wilmington and the Amtrak/SEPTA station plus convenient access to Avis and Budget rental cars. Wilmington/Philadelphia Airport is just 38 miles from downtown Philadelphia, and 45 miles from the Delaware State Capitol in Dover, making the airport a convenient gateway to these cities.
For more information on Frontier’s Wilmington/Philadelphia service, please visit FlyFrontier.com/Wilmington.
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Frontier Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:RJET).
*Terms and Conditions: Introductory Fares for Wilmington Service
Tickets for sale fares must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, April 20, 2013. Fares for Wilmington, DE to/from Chicago (Midway), IL and Houston, TX are for travel July 1, 2013, through November 13, 2013; fares for Wilmington, DE to/from Denver, CO and Orlando, FL are for travel July 2, 2013 through November 13, 2013; and fares for Wilmington, DE to/from Tampa, FL are for travel July 4, 2013 through November 13, 2013. Fares are one way. Roundtrip purchase not required. Seats are limited at these fares and certain flights and/or days of travel may be unavailable, especially during busy travel periods. Tickets are nonrefundable, but depending on the fare type purchased may be transferred for $50 or reissued for alternate flights for $50, as well as a possible fare increase to a non-promotional fare type. The name change fee and itinerary change fee are not exclusive of each other. Previously purchased tickets may not be exchanged for these special fare tickets. Flight segment(s) must be cancelled prior to scheduled departure time or the ticket(s) and all monies will be forfeited.
Fares reflect purchase at FlyFrontier.com. Tickets purchased on Frontier’s website and with Frontier’s Reservations centers must be paid for at the time the reservation is made, but may be cancelled for a full refund without penalty up to 24 hours after the time of purchase. Depending on the fare type purchased, a $20 fee may be charged each way for the first and for the second pieces of checked baggage. Fares include all transportation fees, surcharges and taxes, and are subject to change without notice.
Some markets do not offer daily connections. Due to schedule changes, markets may not connect throughout the valid travel period.
Flights are operated by Frontier Airlines or Republic Airlines. Some flights may require connections. Fares and schedules are subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply.
**Triple Miles Promotion Terms and Conditions
This promotion is open to all EarlyReturns® members who register for the promotion prior to qualifying flight activity. Members must register online at FlyFrontier.com/memberoffers, using promo code TPILG. Bonus mileage offer is valid for all qualifying Frontier Airlines flights to/from Wilmington, DE, from July 1, 2013, through August 1, 2013. Members must fly on published fare tickets and request to earn EarlyReturns miles to qualify for the triple miles. Classic or Classic Plus fares will also earn triple miles on the base flight miles flown. Bonus miles do not count toward elite status. This promotion may not be combined with any other mileage promotion and is offered in conjunction with all program rules and procedures. Additional restrictions may apply. Frontier Airlines is the final authority on the interpretation of these rules.
***Double Miles Promotion Terms and Conditions
This promotion is open to all EarlyReturns® members who register for the promotion prior to qualifying flight activity. Members must register online at FlyFrontier.com/memberoffers, using promo code DBILG. Bonus mileage offer is valid for all qualifying Frontier Airlines flights to/from Wilmington, DE, from August 2, 2013, through October 2, 2013. Members must fly on published fare tickets and request to earn EarlyReturns miles to qualify for the double miles. Classic or Classic Plus fares will also earn double miles on the base flight miles flown. Bonus miles do not count toward elite status. This promotion may not be combined with any other mileage promotion and is offered in conjunction with all program rules and procedures. Additional restrictions may apply. Frontier Airlines is the final authority on the interpretation of these rules.
About Frontier Airlines
Frontier Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: RJET), an airline holding company that also owns Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America. Currently in its 19th year of operations, Frontier offers service to more than 75 destinations in the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. The airline employs more than 4,000 aviation professionals, operating from its hub at Denver International Airport. For in-depth information on Frontier Airlines and to book tickets, visit FlyFrontier.com.
About the Delaware River and Bay Authority
The Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, and the Three Forts Ferry Crossing. The Authority also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All agency operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities.