Discount airline to fly between BWI, Denver

Maryland Watch

October 10, 1997

Another discount carrier is coming to Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Frontier Airlines announced plans yesterday to begin operating a daily, nonstop flight between Baltimore and Denver on Nov. 16, with regular fares as low as $300 round trip.

Only United now flies nonstop to Denver from BWI, offering four flights a day.

Frontier, which began flying in July 1994, operates a fleet of 13 Boeing 737 jets, which seat 136 passengers each and feature a variety of 21-foot-high wildlife decals on the tail.

The carrier was founded by key executives of the former Frontier Airlines, a Denver-based carrier that ceased operations in 1986 when it was acquired by Newark, N.J.-based People Express. Frontier is expected to merge in December with Colorado-based Western Pacific Airlines, creating a combined fleet of 35 Boeing 737s.

Frontier's start-up three years ago followed Continental Airlines' downsizing at its Denver hub. It now operates 60 flights a day to 13 cities from Denver. In September, it began service on the East Coast with a flight to Boston.

Pub Date: 10/10/97

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