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Frontier Airlines begins service from New Castle Airport in Wilmington, Del.
Frontier Airlines officially resurrects commercial airline service in Delaware this morning.
Frontier began Airbus 320 service from New Castle Airport in Wilmington, Del. on Monday, offering three flights a week to Chicago-Midway and Houston. Service to Orlando and Denver begins the Tuesday 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 at the time of the new service announcement. “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.”
Frontier landing in Wilmington ended 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.