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Frontier Airlines to Re-Open Pilot Base in Chicago

110 Pilot Positions, Combined with Current Flight Attendant Base, to Generate More Than $34 Million Annually in Local Wages

Frontier, the Second Largest Carrier at MDW, is the Airport’s Fastest Growing Airline

To Celebrate, America’s Greenest Airline is Offering Fares from $39*

CHICAGO – November 21, 2023 – Ultra-low fare carrier Frontier Airlines (NASDAQ: ULCC) today announced it will re-open a pilot base serving both O’Hare and Midway International Airports in May of 2024. Frontier previously maintained a pilot base in Chicago until April of 2022. The base is expected to employ up to 110 pilots within its first year of operation. Combined with 190 existing flight attendant positions, the Chicago base will house a total of 300 Frontier crew members.

Including airport and maintenance positions, the airline is expected to generate more than $34 million annually in local wages with further growth anticipated in the coming years. Frontier currently offers 13 nonstop routes from MDW and five nonstop routes from ORD. To celebrate, Frontier is offering fares from $39.*

“As we continue to grow in Chicago, it makes sense to establish a crew base to help support our expanding operations,” said Barry Biffle, CEO, Frontier Airlines. “Establishing a crew base is also a win for customers as it helps support smooth operations and provides a foundation to offer more ultra-low fares to more places.”

"We welcome Frontier Airlines’ decision to re-establish its pilot base here in Chicago, which further bolsters our city’s position as a pivotal hub for the global aviation system,” said Commissioner Jamie L. Rhee of the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), which owns and operates O’Hare and Midway International Airports. “Importantly, this strategic move will allow the carrier to maintain their diverse and growing service at both O’Hare and Midway, keeping airfares competitive and enhancing options for Chicago consumers."

Current Service from Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW):


Atlanta (ATL)

Cancun (CUN)

Denver (DEN)

Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)

Las Vegas (LAS)

Orlando (MCO)

Miami (MIA)

Philadelphia (PHL)

Phoenix (PHX)

Raleigh-Durham (RDU)

San Francisco (SFO)

San Juan (SJO)

Tampa (TPA)

Service from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD):


Atlanta (ATL)

Cancun (CUN)

Orlando (MCO)

Phoenix (PHX)

Punta Cana (PUJ)

Please check https://flights.flyfrontier.com/en/flights-from-chicago for additional information.

*About Promotional Fare Offer:

Fares must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Nov. 24, 2023. Fares are valid for nonstop travel Monday through Thursday, and Saturday. Fares are valid through Dec. 20, 2023. A seven-day advance purchase is required. Round trip purchase is not required.

Discount Den fares are only available at FlyFrontier.com to Discount Den members. Join Discount Den here! Fare(s) shown include all transportation fees, surcharges and taxes, and are subject to change without notice until purchased. Seats are limited at these fares and certain flights and/or days of travel may be unavailable.

All reservations are non-refundable, except that refunds are allowed for reservations made 7 days (168 hours) or more prior to departure and provided that a refund request is made within 24 hours of initial reservation.

Changes or cancellations made to itineraries after the 24 hours will be subject to change fees, and any fare differential. Learn more about our change policy. Previously purchased tickets may not be exchanged for special fare tickets. Flight segments must be cancelled prior to scheduled departure time or the tickets and all amounts paid will be forfeited.

Additional travel services, such as baggage and advance seat assignments are available for purchase separately at an additional charge. In addition to these Terms & Conditions, please refer to Frontier Airline's  Contract of Carriage.

About Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines, Inc., a subsidiary of Frontier Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ULCC), is committed to “Low Fares Done Right.” Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the Company operates 134 A320 family aircraft and has the largest A320neo family fleet in the U.S. The use of these aircraft, along with Frontier’s high-density seating configuration and weight-saving initiatives, have contributed to Frontier’s continued ability to be the most fuel-efficient of all major U.S. carriers when measured by ASMs per fuel gallon consumed. With more than 210 new Airbus planes on order, Frontier will continue to grow to deliver on the mission of providing affordable travel across America.