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Frontier Airlines begins service from both Houston Hobby and Intercontinental Airports to Cancun, Mexico

Frontier Airlines today launches nonstop service from both William P. Hobby and George Bush Intercontinental Airport to Cancun, Mexico this week.

New Route from William P. Hobby International Airport (HOU)

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Cancun

May 26, 2022

3X weekly

$99*

New Route from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH):

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Cancun

May 27, 2022

4X weekly

$99*

In other news, the airline today is also launching nonstop service from New York Stewart International Airport to Atlanta and Raleigh-Durham.

New Routes from New York Stewart International Airport (SWF):

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SERVICE FREQUENCY:

INTRO FARE:

Atlanta

May 26, 2022

3X weekly

$79*

Raleigh-Durham

May 26, 2022

2X weekly

$69*

Finally, Frontier Airlines is restarting nonstop service from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to Raleigh-Durham and Philadelphia this week.

New Routes from CVG:

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Raleigh-Durham

May 26, 2022

3X weekly

$69*

Philadelphia

May 27, 2022

4X weekly

$99*

Frequency and times are subject to change.

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Frontier Airlines begins nonstop service between Miami and Kingston

Frontier Airlines on May began service between Miami International Airport (MIA) and Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica (KIN).

It marks the first time America’s Greenest Airline has offered service to the Jamaican capital. Flights will operate three times weekly year-round.

New Route from Miami International Airport (MIA)

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Kingston, Jamaica (KIN)

May 5, 2022

3x Weekly

Frequency and times are subject to change.

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Frontier to launch new international routes from Tampa

Frontier Airlines will launch the first nonstop service from Tampa International Airport (TPA) to Punta Cana (PUJ) and Santo Domingo (SDQ) in the Dominican Republic as well as Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ).

Additionally, the airline will begin offering daily nonstop service to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU). Each of these new routes, plus previously announced nonstop service to Cancun, Mexico (CUN), will begin this summer.

New Routes from Tampa International Airport (TPA):

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San Juan, Puerto Rico

June 23, 2022

Daily

$99*

Montego Bay, Jamaica

June 24, 2022

2X weekly

$99*

Santo Domingo, D.R.

June 30, 2022

2X weekly

On sale soon**

Punta Cana, D.R.

July 2, 2022

1X weekly

On sale soon**

**Subject to government approval

Frequency and times are subject to change.

Spirit Airlines Board of Directors reiterates support for merger with Frontier Airlines

Spirit Airlines, Inc. today announced that its Board of Directors, in consultation with outside financial and legal advisors, has unanimously determined that the unsolicited proposal received from JetBlue Airways does not constitute a ‘Superior Proposal’ as defined in Spirit’s merger agreement with Frontier Group Holdings, Inc., parent company of Frontier Airlines, Inc., because it has determined that the proposed transaction is not reasonably capable of being consummated. The Board continues to believe that the pending transaction with Frontier represents the best opportunity to maximize value and recommends that Spirit shareholders adopt the merger agreement with Frontier. Spirit’s Board of Directors also issued the following letter to JetBlue.

“Spirit continues to believe in the strategic rationale of the proposed merger with Frontier and is confident that it represents the best opportunity to maximize long-term shareholder value,” said Mac Gardner, Chairman of Board of Directors for Spirit Airlines. “After a thorough review and extensive dialogue with JetBlue, the Board determined that the JetBlue proposal involves an unacceptable level of closing risk that would be assumed by Spirit stockholders. We believe that our pending merger with Frontier will start an exciting new chapter for Spirit and will deliver many benefits to Spirit shareholders, Team Members and Guests.”

As previously announced on February 7, 2022, Spirit entered into a merger agreement with Frontier, under which Spirit and Frontier would combine in a stock and cash transaction. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Spirit equity holders would receive 1.9126 shares of Frontier plus $2.13 in cash for each existing Spirit share they own.

The Company will continue to advance toward completing the transaction with Frontier, which is expected to close in the second half of 2022. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including completion of the ongoing regulatory review process and approval by Spirit stockholders.

The full text of the letter follows:

May 2, 2022

Robin Hayes
Chief Executive Officer
JetBlue Airways Corporation
27-01 Queens Plaza North
Long Island City, NY  11101

Dear Mr. Hayes:

We have reviewed JetBlue’s updated proposal dated April 29, 2022, with Spirit’s Board of Directors and its legal and financial advisors.  Our Board has unanimously determined that JetBlue’s proposal does not constitute a “Superior Proposal” under Spirit’s existing merger agreement with Frontier.

As you know, a “Superior Proposal” under the Frontier agreement must, among other requirements, be “reasonably capable of being consummated.”  Spirit’s Board believes JetBlue’s proposal falls short of that standard.  Our conclusion is based on careful analysis of the competitive implications of a combination of JetBlue, which analysis has been informed by extensive discussions between our respective antitrust advisors and economic consultants over the past four weeks.  During that period, Spirit has also discussed projections with your financial advisers and provided voluminous documentary due diligence material through a secure virtual data room.

We believe a combination of JetBlue and Spirit has a low probability of receiving antitrust clearance so long as JetBlue’s Northeast Alliance (NEA) with American Airlines remains in existence.  The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), along with Attorneys General in six states and the District of Columbia, have sued to block the NEA, alleging that the alliance “will not only eliminate important competition in [Boston and New York City], but will also harm air travelers across the country by significantly diminishing JetBlue’s incentive to compete with American elsewhere, further consolidating an already highly concentrated industry.”1 As you know, Spirit and many other airline and air travel constituencies have publicly opposed the NEA on grounds that it is anticompetitive.  We struggle to understand how JetBlue can believe DOJ, or a court, will be persuaded that JetBlue should be allowed to form an anticompetitive alliance that aligns its interests with a legacy carrier and then undertake an acquisition that will eliminate the largest ULCC carrier.

We further believe that your divestiture proposal is unlikely to resolve DOJ’s concerns about a combination of Spirit and JetBlue if the NEA continues in existence.  DOJ clearly views the NEA as having a broader national effect and Spirit believes DOJ will not place great weight on your proposed remedy, especially because there are reasons to doubt the efficacy of similar divestitures as a remedy in past airline mergers.

Moreover, in evaluating a JetBlue-Spirit combination, Spirit believes DOJ—and a court—will be very concerned that a higher-cost/higher fare airline would be eliminating a lower-cost/lower fare airline in a combination that would remove about half of the ULCC capacity in the United States.  In addition, the conversion of Spirit aircraft to JetBlue configuration will result in significantly diminished capacity on former Spirit routes, also resulting in higher prices for consumers.  Finally, we are skeptical about your claims regarding the so-called “JetBlue Effect.”  After receiving the summary output of your economic model from your advisers, Spirit’s economic consultants identified reasons to doubt that such an effect would significantly exceed any similar “ULCC effect.” 

In contrast, Spirit believes that merging with Frontier will enable the combined ULCC business to achieve scale, improve operational reliability, have increased relevance to consumers, and do an even better job of delivering ultra-low fares to more consumers and competing more effectively against the Big 4 carriers, as well as against JetBlue.  We believe that is a clear, pro-consumer narrative that will resonate more successfully with DOJ than a combination with JetBlue, which would eliminate the largest ULCC and remove significant low-cost/low-fare capacity.

Spirit took note of the fact that the JetBlue proposal allocates most of the very substantial deal completion risk to Spirit stockholders.  To reduce that risk and achieve a more appropriate balance of the risk between our companies, in our April 25 response Spirit proposed a strong covenant requiring JetBlue to take any action required to obtain regulatory clearance, which specifically included abandoning the NEA at closing.  We also proposed a substantial reverse termination fee intended to partially compensate Spirit if the transaction failed to win antitrust clearance.  On that score, in the event of a failure or abandonment of a JetBlue-Spirit combination, even a high reverse termination fee will not fully compensate Spirit stockholders for the likely significant business erosion Spirit will face during what will be a protracted approval process.

Spirit does not consider JetBlue’s April 29 response to be appropriately responsive to Spirit’s concerns.  Indeed, that response makes clear that JetBlue is unwilling to terminate the NEA – or to agree to any other remedies that might materially decrease the expected benefits to JetBlue from the NEA – to obtain clearance for an acquisition of Spirit.  The transaction you describe in your April 29 response not only fails to meet the required standard under the Frontier merger agreement but, by prioritizing the NEA over the steps we believe would be necessary to have any realistic likelihood of obtaining antitrust clearance, it imposes on our stockholders a degree of risk that no responsible board would accept.  Given this substantial completion risk, we believe JetBlue’s economic offer is illusory, and Spirit’s board has not found it necessary to consider it.

Very truly yours,

H. McIntyre Gardner
Chairman of the Board                 

Edward M. Christie, III
Chief Executive Officer

1See Press Release, United States Department of Justice, Justice Department Sues to Block Unprecedented Domestic Alliance Between American Airlines and JetBlue (Sept. 21, 2021),

Frontier Airlines launches new nonstop routes from Chicago Midway; MDW becomes Frontier’s primary airport in Chicago

Frontier Airlines today launched service from Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW). Eight of the airline’s 11 new routes begin this week as MDW becomes Frontier’s primary airport in Chicago. Additionally, the airline will continue to serve Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD).

New Routes from Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) Beginning in April 2022:

SERVICE TO: SERVICE START: SERVICE FREQUENCY: INTRO FARE:
Atlanta (ATL) April 28, 2022 Daily $69*
Dallas (DFW) April 28, 2022 Daily $89*
Denver (DEN) April 28, 2022 Daily $99*
Las Vegas (LAS) April 28, 2022 Daily $89*
Ontario, Calif. (ONT) April 28, 2022 Daily $89*
Phoenix (PHX) April 28, 2022 Daily $139*
Tampa (TPA) April 28, 2022 Daily $69*
Trenton, N.J. (TTN) April 29, 2022 4x Weekly $59*

New Routes from Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) Beginning Later in 2022:

SERVICE TO: SERVICE START DATE:
Philadelphia (PHL) May 26, 2022
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) Oct. 13, 2022
Orlando (MCO) Oct. 13, 2022

Existing Service from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD):

SERVICE TO: SERVICE FREQUENCY:
Cancun (CUN) Daily
Orlando (MCO) Daily
Punta Cana, D.R. (PUJ) Daily
San Juan, P.R. (SJU) Daily

In other news, Frontier Airlines today launches service from Rhode Island T.F. Green International airport (PVD) to Denver International Airport (DEN) and Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU).

New Routes from Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport (PVD) Beginning April 28, 2022:

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Raleigh-Durham (RDU)

April 28, 2022

4X Weekly

$49*

Denver (DEN)

April 28, 2022

3X Weekly

$139*

Finally, Frontier Airlines also today launched service from Raleigh-Durham International Airport to Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport (PVD), Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip (ISP), and Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR).

New Routes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) Beginning April 28, 2022:

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Providence, R.I. (PVD)

April 28, 2022

4X Weekly

$49*

Islip, N.Y. (ISP)

April 28, 2022

3X Weekly

$49*

Syracuse, N.Y. (SYR)

April 28, 2022

2X Weekly

$49*

Frequency

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Frontier Airlines celebrates Earth Week with plans to ring Nasdaq Opening Bell on Friday

Frontier Airlines made this announcement:

In celebration of Earth Week, Frontier Airlines, America’s Greenest Airline – will ring the Nasdaq opening bell on Earth Day, Friday, April 22; is conducting team member park cleanup and beautification initiatives; and also released the results of a recent consumer survey on the importance of sustainability in travel.

“It’s only appropriate that America’s Greenest Airline would ring the Nasdaq opening bell on Earth Day,” said Tyri Squyres, vice president of marketing, Frontier Airlines. “We have worked hard to attain our position as America’s Greenest Airline, a designation earned through our ultra-modern fuel-efficient all-Airbus fleet and a wide variety of initiatives to reduce aircraft weight and conserve fuel.”

In addition to the bell ringing ceremony, the company organized team member volunteer initiatives in its hometown of Denver, including beautification at Ensenada Park and cleanup at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

Survey Results – Sustainability in Travel
More than 100,000 consumers participated in a recent survey conducted by Frontier Airlines, which focused on sustainability in travel.

Key survey findings:

  • Nearly 50% of survey participants said sustainability in travel has taken on greater importance over the past two years.[1]
  • 85% of consumers surveyed said the environmental impact of a product or service is an important consideration in their purchase decisions.[2]
  • 78% of survey respondents said sustainability is important in air travel.[3]
  • Among consumers’ top environmental concerns, ocean and air pollution ranked number one and two, respectively, with wildlife/animal preservation ranking third.
  • Other top concerns included minimizing waste, changing weather patterns and the use of pesticides.
  • Frontier was perceived as the greenest airline among U.S. carriers by 75% of survey respondents.

“These survey results clearly suggest sustainability is becoming an increasingly important consideration for consumers in both their travels and their daily lives,” said Squyres. “Our sustainability efforts are ever-evolving and an area that will continue to be a foremost priority. Additionally, the survey results underscore animal conservation as a top concern among consumers – a concern we share as a company – and why many of the animals on our popular plane tails feature endangered species.”

 


[1] Ranking breakdown: More Important 47%; Same Importance 39%; Less Important 14%.

 

[2] Ranking breakdown: Extremely Important 17%; Very Important 29%; Somewhat Important 39%; Not So Important 10%; Not At All Important 6%.

 

[3] Ranking breakdown: Extremely important 23%; Very Important 27%; Somewhat Important 28%; Not So Important 10%; Not at All Important 12%.

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Frontier Airlines launches new service between Orlando and Aguadilla

Frontier Airlines on March 24 launched service for the first time between Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Rafael Hernandez International Airport in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico (BQN) (above and below), a charming town on Puerto Rico’s western coast known for its stunning beaches and engaging attractions. The new service operates three to four times weekly and marks the airline’s 13th route serving Puerto Rico from destinations in the U.S. and the Caribbean.

Puerto Rican Coquí Llanero Wins Tropical Tails Contest

During an event today in Aguadilla to commemorate the first flight, Frontier announced the winner of its recently conducted Tropical Tails contest, which invited consumers to choose the next endangered animal to be featured on the tail of a Frontier aircraft. There were more than 86,000 votes received during the contest period and the coquí llanero, a tiny tree frog found in Puerto Rico, was deemed the winner.

Consumers chose the coquí from among six animals in total representing a variety of countries Frontier serves within the Caribbean and Latin America. The Puerto Rican lowland coquí is one of the smallest tree frogs in the world. Mature llaneros are no wider than a dime and generally yellowish in color. Their tiny stature squeezes their vocal range in to the highest pitch of almost any frog – just barely audible to human ears, making the sound they are so famously known for and named after — “Ko-Kee.” The coquí llanero is listed as endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

Consumers are Invited to Help Name the Coquí

All Frontier plane tails feature a unique animal with a special name and back story, many of which are endangered. The coquí llanero that will be featured on an upcoming new aircraft still needs a name. Consumers are invited to choose the coquí’s name by going to Frontier’s social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter between now and April 4 to vote. Choices include ‘Rios,’ ‘Atabey,’ and ‘Bori.’

Support the Endangered Coquí Llanero Through Adopt a Coqui Program

Consumers are also invited to participate in the Adopt a Coquí program, launched by Discover Puerto Rico, in partnership with local environmental research and conservation organization Conservación ConCiencia. By making a donation starting at $25 USD, coquí adopters receive a keepsake adoption certificate commemorating their support of conservation, sustainability and climate resilience efforts in Puerto Rico. Click here to Adopt a Coquí

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Frontier Airlines announces 27 nonstop routes, 2 new international destinations

Frontier Airlines today announced a major expansion of service, adding 27 nonstop routes, including new destinations Guadalajara and Monterrey, Mexico. The airline is also significantly growing its service from Philadelphia and Raleigh-Durham.

New Routes from Harry Reid International Airport – Las Vegas (LAS):

SERVICE TO: SERVICE START: SERVICE FREQUENCY: INTRO FARE:
Albuquerque, NM May 12, 2022 2X weekly $29*
Guadalajara, MX May 20, 2022 2X weekly $89*
Monterrey, MX June 2, 2022 3X weekly $89*

New Routes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU):

SERVICE TO: SERVICE START: SERVICE FREQUENCY: INTRO FARE:
Islip, NY April 28, 2022 3X weekly $49*
Providence, RI April 28, 2022 4X weekly $49*
Syracuse, NY April 28, 2022 3X weekly $59*
Indianapolis, IN May 26, 2022 2X weekly $59*
Detroit, MI May 27, 2022 3X weekly $49*
Cincinnati, OH May 26, 2022 3X weekly $39*
Newburgh, NY May 26, 2022 2X weekly $49*
New Orleans, LA May 27, 2022 3X weekly $79*

New Routes from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL):

SERVICE TO: SERVICE START: SERVICE FREQUENCY: INTRO FARE:
Chicago Midway, IL May 26, 2022 Daily $59*
Kansas City, MO May 27, 2022 3X weekly $99*
Cincinnati, OH May 27, 2022 4X weekly $49*
Boston, MA May 27, 2022 4X weekly $29*
Cleveland, OH June 16, 2022 3X weekly $39*
San Antonio, TX June 15, 2022 3X weekly $99*

New Routes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL):

SERVICE TO: SERVICE START: SERVICE FREQUENCY: INTRO FARE:
Newburgh, NY May 26, 2022 3X weekly $39*
San Antonio, TX May 26, 2022 2X weekly $79*
Buffalo, NY May 27, 2022 3X weekly $79*

New Routes from Denver International Airport (DEN):

SERVICE TO: SERVICE START: SERVICE FREQUENCY: INTRO FARE:
Providence, RI April 28, 2022 3X weekly $99*
Harrisburg, PA April 29, 2022 2X weekly $99*
Huntsville, AL April 29, 2022 2X weekly $99*
Rochester, NY May 27, 2022 3X weekly $99*

New Route from George Bush Intercontinental Airport – Houston (IAH):

SERVICE TO: SERVICE START: SERVICE FREQUENCY: INTRO FARE:
Cancun, MX May 27, 2022 4X weekly $79*

New Route from Tampa International Airport (TPA):

SERVICE TO: SERVICE START: SERVICE FREQUENCY: INTRO FARE:
Cancun, MX May 27, 2022 3X weekly $99*

New Route from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW):

SERVICE TO: SERVICE START: SERVICE FREQUENCY: INTRO FARE:
Cleveland, OH June 16, 2022 3X weekly $99*

Frontier Airlines to open a new crew base at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Frontier Airlines has announced plans to open a new crew base at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) in November 2022. Up to 180 pilots and 275 flight attendants are expected to be based at PHX within the first year with additional growth anticipated in the future.

Frontier currently operates 14 nonstop routes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport with a variety of additional flight connection opportunities available within the company’s domestic and international network. Frontier is America’s Greenest Airline and operates a fleet of more than 110 highly efficient Airbus A320 family aircraft. The airline has 230 new Airbus planes on order between now and 2029, which will triple the size of its fleet.

Frontier highlights endangered species in the Caribbean and Latin America, one to be selected for a tail

Frontier Airlines is celebrating its new growth in the Caribbean and Latin American markets with a campaign to underscore the plight of endangered animal species in six popular destinations the airline currently serves in the region. Consumers are encouraged to participate by choosing the next endangered animal to be featured on the tail of one of Frontier’s new, ultra-efficient Airbus aircraft. Plus, voters are entered for a chance to win an unforgettable seven-night vacation to the tropical destination where the animal they selected is from. A second animal from among the six will be chosen at random to also be featured on another upcoming plane tail.

Frontier has rapidly expanded service in the Caribbean and Latin America and now offers 65 routes to 17 tropical destinations. The remarkable growth has propagated lower fares and more convenient flights to some of the most popular vacation spots featuring world-class beaches, breathtaking views and, of course, exotic wildlife.

The six animals to choose from are:

Voting is open through Feb. 14, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. MST. Visit https://1.shortstack.com/1zRmmg for sweepstakes rules and to cast your vote.

About the Animals:

The Pink Headed Warbler – Guatemala

The Pink-Headed Warbler is endemic to the highlands of Guatemala and the neighboring Mexican state of Chiapas. It prefers to make its home in forests of oak, pine and fir, as well as shrubs. Classified as vulnerable, this population of warbler is threatened by habitat loss due to human development.

The Whistling Duck – Antigua

Restricted to the northern West Indies, the West Indian Whistling-Duck is among the rarest ducks in the Americas and is listed as Near Threatened by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. This regional endemic has a total population of about 15,000 individuals but has suffered significant decline due to habitat loss, invasive mammalian predators and hunting.

The Two Toed Sloth – Costa Rica

Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth, also known as the northern two-toed sloth is a species of sloth from Central and South America. It is a solitary, largely nocturnal and arboreal animal, found in mature and secondary rainforests and deciduous forests. The decline of sloth populations is due to deforestation and urbanization, which have resulted in a multitude of risks for sloths. Due to habitat loss sloths are coming down to the ground more frequently, and are therefore vulnerable to dog attacks, car strikes, and poaching.

The Yellow Headed Parrot – Belize

The Belizean Yellow-headed Parrot has been experiencing severe population declines since at least the mid-1970s when poachers began aggressively pursuing them for the illegal pet trade.  The illegal harvest of parrot chicks and habitat loss of open pine savannas has left less than 7,000 YHPs in the wild today according to Bird Life International. Extinction in our lifetime is a real possibility for this species.

The Bahama Warbler – The Bahamas

Only found on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, this bird is a habitat specialist, being found almost exclusively in the pine forests of those islands. It is one of the 7 endemic bird species of The Bahamas, meaning it is only found here and nowhere else in the world. Unfortunately, The Bahama Warbler is becoming what we would call a “Climate Change Casualty.” After Hurricane Dorian ravished Abaco and Grand Bahama in 2019, these birds disappeared from Grand Bahama and have not been seen since. This led to the BNT writing to the IUCN to have this bird elevated to an endangered species.

The Coqui Llanero – Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican lowland coquí is the most recently discovered (2005), and it’s one of the smallest tree frogs in the world. Mature llaneros are no wider than a dime and generally yellowish in color, with reversed comma patterns on their sides. Their tiny stature squeezes their vocal range into the highest pitch of almost any frog – just barely audible to human ears. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced in Oct 2012 it would protect the rare, recently discovered Puerto Rican frog, the coquí llanero, as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. The protection includes 615 acres of freshwater wetland as critical habitat in northern Puerto Rico.