Colorado-based Frontier Airlines is resurrecting commercial airline service in Delaware.
Frontier plans to begin Airbus 320 service from New Castle Airport in Wilmington on July 1, offering three flights a week to Chicago-Midway and Houston. Service to Orlando and Denver begins the following day with two weekly flights to Orlando and four flights a week to Denver, Frontier's main hub.
Service to Tampa, with two flights a week, will start July 4.
Fares start as low as $49 for Tampa up to $99 for Denver.
“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, in a press release. “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.”
The company's announcement means an end to a five-year stretch in which Delaware had no commercial air service, following the abrupt shutdown and bankruptcy filing by start-up carrier Skybus Airlines in 2008. Delta ended a brief experiment with service to Atlanta in 2007.
Frontier is a subsidiary of Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc., which bought Frontier in bankruptcy in 2009.