HEBRON, Ky. - A new airline is taking flight in the Tri-State Friday marking Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport's first discount airline in more than a decade.
Frontier Airlines launched its inaugural flight from CVG on Friday morning with its daily non-stop fight to Denver — a flight path that is expected to generate $16 million annually for the local economy.
"We welcome Frontier to CVG and are excited to offer business and leisure travelers another convenient option from CVG to Denver, a popular destination," James Huff, chairman of the Kenton County Airport Board, which operates the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, said in a news release .
Frontier joins CVG's six other airline partners that serve a population 2.1 million.
Frontier Airlines moved its service from Dayton to CVG in hopes of tapping into the larger population base in the Tri-State. The airline is the first low-cost airline to fly from CVG in 15 years, according to CVG representatives. For the latest flight prices, go to the airline's website at http://www.flyfrontier.com/ .
An early-morning party celebrated the airline's arrival before its first flight departed CVG at 6:15 a.m. The party included free breakfast for passengers, music and animals from The Cincinnati Zoo to complement the airline's wildlife theme as each plane features an animal on its tail.
Frontier's senior vice president of commercial flights, Daniel Shurz said the airline gives more choice to Cincinnati residents flying to any of the 19 westward connections Frontier offers once area travelers arrive in Denver.
Representatives of Frontier, which was founded in 1994, says they will consider adding more flights depending on demand.
"We've been working hard to diversify our carrier base. We love our existing carriers, we know we need to broaden our base however and this is the first of many to come I think," said CVG CEO Candace McGraw.
Mcgraw did not speak with 9 On Your Side about what other airlines could be coming to CVG in the future.
There has been discussion about Frontier starting to charge for carry-on bags .
The airline says carry-on bags are free if flights are booked through the Frontier website. However, if booked through a third party website, carry-on bags will cost between $25 and $100. Checked bags are also $25.
Friday's flight from Denver returns to CVG at 11:35 p.m.
"We are excited Frontier has chosen CVG as a new market on their expanding network," McGraw said in the release. "CVG customers have been asking for a low-cost carrier option, and this new non-stop service is a great compliment to our existing airline partners."
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