HEBRON, Ky. – Frontier Airlines is adding flights to four new destinations at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, marking the first time a low-cost carrier will serve some of the region's top destinations with non-stop service.
Starting April 14, travelers will be able to get to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston and Philadelphia on the cheap. Currently, only Delta and American serve those markets, respectively.
Frontier Airlines President Barry Biffle said many big city markets remain overpriced and underserved. The new routes target small business customers, friends and families, he said, including new fliers who sometimes even choose to drive because they can't find affordable air travel options.
"We see hundreds of additional opportunities like these throughout the country, fueling our growth for years to come,” he said.
Frontier is adding new non-stop service in 42 markets throughout the U.S. as it adds to its fleet. At CVG, introductory fares to Los Angeles and San Francisco start at $79 each way, Houston at $59 each way and Philadelphia at $39 each way.
The low-cost carrier also said it will revamp non-stop seasonal service from CVG to Atlanta, Phoenix and Dallas starting in mid-April.
The new service at CVG will operate on a combination of 230-seat Airbus A321 aircraft, 180-seat A320 aircraft and 156-seat A319 aircraft. In all, Frontier will be offering more than 50 weekly flights to 11 destinations and is growing its CVG service year-over-year by approximately 6-8 percent.
“We are proud Frontier is once again expanding their footprint at CVG,” said J. Michael Schlotman, recently appointed Kenton County Airport Board chairman. We are confident these new routes will be a success."
The news comes on the heels of new American Airlines service to LaGuardia, which launched Tuesday and marked the first time CVG has had head-to-head competition on that New York City route. And it's possible more flights could be announced in coming weeks.
Frontier spokesman Jim Faulkner said Frontier remains committed at CVG despite the fact that the airline is last to sign the airport's historic use agreement, which now includes low-cost and cargo carriers in airport decision-making and went into effect Jan. 1. CVG officials have said they anticipate that will happen.
"We're happy with our partnership at Cincinnati and will continue to work with them," Faulkner said. "We'll continue to look for opportunities for growth."
Below is a recap of all Frontier flights from CVG as of April 14:
- Los Angeles (LAX): Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
- San Francisco (SFO): Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday
- Philadelphia (PHL): Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
- Houston (IAH): Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
- Atlanta (ATL): Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
- Dallas (DFW): Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
- Phoenix (PHX): Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday
- Denver (DEN): Daily
- Orlando (MCO): Daily
- Las Vegas (LAS): Daily
- Fort Myers (RSW): Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday