NBC10 - Katy Zachry
Frontier Airlines is the only commercial airline to fly out of New Castle Airport, it's now expanding.
The “Frontier” for passengers is expanding at an area airport, which just a few months ago had no commercial air service.
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell joined Frontier Airlines officials to discuss the company's plans for growth at the New Castle Airport.
Frontier CEO David Siegel said Wednesday that, in addition to starting service to Fort Myers, Fla., this month, the airline will begin flights next spring to Atlanta and Detroit.
The airline already offers service to Chicago-Midway, Denver, Orlando and Tampa.
The Colorado-based air carrier began operating from Wilmington this summer, ending a five-year period in which Delaware had no commercial air service.
Siegel said the Wilmington expansion plans do not depend upon completion of the proposed sale of Frontier by its parent company, Republic Airways, to Phoenix-based private equity firm Indigo Partners.
But Siegel said a sale to Indigo would result in a well-capitalized company that could expand even faster.
Republic Airways said Tuesday that a Monday deadline for the Indigo sale would be extended two days.