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Frontier pilots say negotiations are at an impasse, ask NMB to impose deadline on talks

ALPA has issued this statement:

The union representing Frontier Airlines pilots has petitioned the federal government to release them from mediation, which could start the clock for a potential pilot strike 30 days later.

In a letter submitted to the National Mediation Board (NMB), the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) said it believes further mediation would be futile and requested that the NMB make a proffer of arbitration. If the NMB does so and either the union or the company declines arbitration, the two sides would enter a 30-day cooling-off period, after which time the parties would be free to engage in self-help—such as a strike by the pilots or a lockout by the company.

Frontier’s 1,200 pilots are the lowest-paid narrowbody pilots in the United States, with captain pay rates falling 40 percent below the industry average. They are the last pilots in the United States flying under a contract negotiated while their airline was in bankruptcy. Since the last contract was ratified in 2007, the Denver-based carrier has become one of the nation’s most profitable airlines.

ALPA’s letter to the NMB explains that management has engaged in bad-faith bargaining, continues to seek bankruptcy-like concessions, has offered below-average industry pay, and can be expected to continue to resist concluding an agreement without decisive action by the Board.

“Despite its industry-leading financial performance, Frontier Airlines has insisted upon a substantially discounted pilot contract,” said ALPA’s president, Capt. Tim Canoll. “The company has made it plain that it is unwilling to pay market rates, make industry-standard retirement contributions, or enter into job-security provisions that other companies accept and negotiate routinely. ALPA believes this dispute will only be resolved by proffering arbitration.”

In a strike-authorization vote taken last August, 100 percent of participating Frontier pilots gave their leadership the go-ahead to declare a legal strike at the conclusion of the cooling-off period if the NMB releases ALPA to self-help. The two sides have been in negotiations for more than two years and in federal mediation since November 2016. The two sides’ last mediation session concluded on April 20 with no further sessions scheduled.

“Frontier pilots have been working under the same contract for more than 10 years while our peers at other airlines have negotiated big increases with their companies,” said Capt. Tracy Smith, chairman of ALPA’s Frontier Airlines group. “We are absolutely unwilling to work at a discount when our airline pays market rates for fuel, aircraft, gates, and everything else. We demand a market-rate agreement and we are 100 percent ready to strike if that’s what it takes to get one.”

Photo: ALPA.

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Frontier Airlines returns to Little Rock

Frontier Airlines on March 1 celebrated the return of new low-cost, nonstop flights to Denver from Little Rock’s Clinton International Airport.

Photo: Frontier Airlines.

Frontier Airlines launches flights from Charleston, South Carolina

"Wiley, the Bison", delivered on September 7, 2017

Frontier Airlines on February 20 celebrated the launch of new low-cost, nonstop flights to Denver and Philadelphia from Charleston International Airport.

The start of these low-cost, non-stop flights comes just two weeks after the carrier announced additional routes in Charleston. By this summer, Frontier will operate to five nonstop destinations. Flights to Austin and Trenton, N.J. will start in April with service to Chicago-O’Hare beginning in May. When service starts on all routes, Frontier will operate the only nonstop flights between Charleston and Austin as well as on the only nonstop flights to Trenton, N.J. which offers convenient access to the Greater Philadelphia area.

Copyright Photo: Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL N313FR (msn 7727) (Wiley, the Bison) ONT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940994.
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Frontier to expand operations at Philadelphia

"Chocolate, the Moose, delivered on September 11, 2017

Frontier Airlines (2nd), besides the previously announced Philadelphia – Savannah route, is also adding five additional new routes from Philadelphia this spring according to Airline Route:

Dallas/Fort Worth (May 17)

Grand Rapids (April 9)

Indianapolis (April 9)

Madison (April 8)

Memphis (April 9)

Copyright Photo: Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL N312FR (msn 7768) (Chocolate, the Moose) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940179.

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Frontier Airlines announces 7 new routes

"Wilbur, the Whitetail", the first Frontier Airbus A320neo, delivered on October 19, 2016

Frontier Airlines has announced new and continuing service on nine routes:

  • Colorado Springs, Colo. To/from Atlanta (new)
  • Denver to/from Fort Myers (expanded to year-round)
  • Las Vegas to/from Raleigh-Durham (expanded to year-round)
  • Miami, Fla. To/from San Juan, P.R. (new)
  • Philadelphia to/from Dallas/Ft. Worth (new)
  • Philadelphia to/from Grand Rapids, Mich. (new)
  • Philadelphia to/from Indianapolis, Ind. (new)
  • Tulsa, Okla. to/from San Jose, Calif. (new)
  • Tulsa, Okla. To/from Washington-Dulles (new)

With the announcement of new service in Philadelphia, the airline is now the second largest carrier in Philadelphia by the number of destinations served. With the addition of new service to Dallas-Fort Worth and the only non-stop service to both Grand Rapids, Mich. and Indianapolis, the airline will now serve 26 destinations from Philadelphia.

Even before Frontier’s first flight departs Tulsa, the airline will bring two more low-cost destinations with the only nonstop service to the Bay Area with flights to San Jose, Calif. and the only nonstop flights to Washington, D.C. via Washington-Dulles. By April, the airline will serve five destinations from Tulsa.

Summary Of New Service:

Colorado Springs (COS) – Atlanta (ATL)

F9 1412 Depart COS: 10:19 a.m. Arrive ATL: 3:18 p.m.

F9 1879 Depart ATL: 4:03 p.m. Arrive COS: 5:27 p.m.

Frequency: Monday, Wednesday, Sunday

Service Start: April 8

Aircraft: Airbus A319

Seasonal

Denver (DEN) – Fort Myers (RSW)

F9 488 Depart DEN: 3:45 p.m. Arrive RSW: 9:25 p.m.

F9 489 Depart RSW: 10:10 p.m. Arrive DEN: 12:34 a.m.

Frequency: Monday, Wednesday, Sunday

Service Start: April 8

Aircraft: Airbus A319

Year Round

Philadelphia (PHL) – Grand Rapids (GRR)

F9 1093 Depart PHL: 8 a.m. Arrive GRR: 10:08 a.m.

F9 1092 Depart GRR: 10:58 a.m. Arrive PHL: 12:51 p.m.

Frequency: Monday, Friday

Service Start: April 9

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Seasonal

Philadelphia (PHL) – Indianapolis (IND)

F9 1085 Depart PHL: 1:48 p.m. Arrive IND: 3:50 p.m.

F9 1092 Depart IND: 4:40 p.m. Arrive PHL: 6:32 p.m.

Frequency: Monday, Friday

Service Start: April 9

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Seasonal

Philadelphia (PHL) – Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)

F9 1069 Depart PHL: 5:17 p.m. Arrive DFW: 10:05 p.m.

F9 1068 Depart DFW: 11:35 p.m. Arrive PHL: 4 a.m.

Frequency: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

Service Start: May, 17

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Seasonal

Tulsa (TUL) – Washington – Dulles (IAD)

F9 1968 Depart TUL: 1:09 p.m. Arrive IAD: 4:49 p.m.

F9 1075 Depart IAD: 4:29 p.m. Arrive TUL: 6:24 p.m.

Frequency: Wednesday, Saturday

Service Start: April 11

Aircraft: Airbus A319

Year Round

Tulsa (TUL) – San Jose (SJC)

F9 1075 Depart TUL: 7:09 p.m. Arrive SJC: 8:52 p.m.

F9 1968 Depart SJC: 7:10 a.m. Arrive TUL: 12:24 p.m.

Frequency: Wednesday, Saturday

Service Start: April 11

Aircraft: Airbus A319

Miami (MIA) – San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU)

F9 1198 Depart MIA: 10:25 p.m. Arrive SJU: 1:02 a.m.

F9 617 Depart SJU: 5 a.m. Arrive MIA: 8:02 a.m.

Frequency: Daily

Service Start: April 8

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Year Round

Las Vegas (LAS) – Raleigh-Durham (RDU)

F9 1125 Depart LAS: 9:12 p.m. Arrive RDU: 4:30 a.m.

F9 1124 Depart RDU: 9:44 p.m. Arrive LAS: 11:55 p.m.

Frequency: Daily

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Year Round

 

Copyright Photo: Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL N301FR (msn 7141) (Wilbur, the Whitetail) DCA (Brian McDonough). Image: 935578.

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Frontier Airlines continues to expand

Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A321-211 WL N706FR (msn 6926) PHL (Jay Selman). Image: 402853.

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) added new service on 20 routes this December. Earlier this month, Frontier inaugurated flights from Buffalo, N.Y. to four Florida cities. The airline also launched new service from Grand Rapids, Michigan to two Florida destinations. In addition, the carrier has already announced it will begin service to 12 new cities in the first six months of 2018.

Earlier this month, the airline continued to expand its low-fare service from Tampa with new flights to Columbus, Ohio. This comes after recent additions of new service between the popular Florida destination and Buffalo; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Indianapolis; Islip, N.Y.; Kansas City, Mo.; Milwaukee; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Nashville, Tenn.; Providence, R.I. and St. Louis.

These new cities added to the carrier’s route map (see below) brings the total number of current destinations served to 70. In Buffalo, Frontier commenced service to four destinations, Frontier will begin service to Denver in the spring while flights to Fort Myers, Fla.; Miami; Orlando, Fla.; and Tampa, Fla. began earlier this month. In Grand Rapids new service will begin to Fort Myers and Orlando, with service to Denver starting in April.

In addition to the service noted above the following flights also began this month:

Cedar Rapids, Iowa to/from:

Orlando

Chicago O-Hare to/from:

Puerto Vallarta, Mex.

Cincinnati to/from:

Cancun, Mex.

Fort Myers to/from:

Columbus

Kansas City

Milwaukee

Indianapolis

Detroit

Kansas City to/from:

Cancun, Mex.

Las Vegas to/from:

San Francisco

In addition, according to Airline Route, the carrier will also add the following routes in 2018:

Chicago O’Hare – El Paso twice-weekly starting on April 8, 2018
Chicago O’Hare – Jacksonville FL three weekly flight effective May 10, 2018
Chicago O’Hare – Pensacola twice-weekly effective May 12, 2018
Chicago O’Hare – San Francisco daily effective April 8, 2018
Chicago O’Hare – Washington Dulles daily effective April 8, 2018
Cincinnati – Jacksonville FL three weekly flights effective April 8, 2018
Denver – El Paso four weekly flights effective March 9, 2018
Denver – Jacksonville FL four weekly flights effective February 14, 2018
Denver – Pensacola three weekly flights effective April 22, 2018
Omaha – Las Vegas three weekly flights effective April 8, 2018
Omaha – Philadelphia four weekly flights effective April 9, 2018
Omaha – San Francisco four weekly flights effective June 4, 2018
Philadelphia – Madison three weekly flights effective April 8, 2018
Philadelphia – Memphis four weekly flights effective April 9, 2018
San Francisco – Des Moines three weekly flights effective June 5, 2018

In addition, also according to Airline Route, the airline is also adding additional Airbus A321 routes including the following for 2018:

Atlanta – Salt Lake City four weekly flights effective April 9, 2018
Atlanta – San Juan three weekly flights effective April 8, 2018
Denver – Charlotte daily flights effective April 8, 2018
Denver – Spokane four weekly flights effective May 4, 2018
Orlando – Atlanta daily flights effective April 8, 2018
Orlando – Charlotte four flights effective April 9, 2018
Orlando – Raleigh three weekly flights effective April 8, 2018
Philadelphia – Austin four weekly flights effective April 9, 2018
Philadelphia – Cincinnati daily flights effective April 8, 2018
Philadelphia – Houston three weekly flights effective April 8, 2018
Providence – Charlotte four weekly flights effective April 9, 2018
Providence – Raleigh three weekly flights effective April 8, 2018

Copyright Photo: Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A321-211 WL N706FR (msn 6926) PHL (Jay Selman). Image: 402853.

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Frontier Airlines to add 42 new routes

"Carl the Coyote"

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) will add new nonstop service in 42 markets throughout the United States. This new service begins in April.

Following is a list of the new markets:

Two new cities from Austin, Texas

Frontier will add nonstop service between Austin and Orlando, Fla. (June 15) and Philadelphia (May 15). Flights to Philadelphia will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Orlando will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Two new cities from Charlotte, N.C.

Frontier will add nonstop service between Charlotte and Chicago O’Hare and Orlando (both starting on April 15). Flights will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Four new cities from Cincinnati

Frontier will add nonstop service between Cincinnati and Houston – IAH (April 15), Los Angeles (April 15), Philadelphia (May 13) and San Francisco (April 14). Flights to San Francisco will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to the other cities will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Four new cities from Cleveland

Frontier will add nonstop service between Cleveland and Los Angeles (April 14); Philadelphia (April 15); Portland, Ore. (April 14) and San Francisco (April 15). Flights to Los Angeles and Portland will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to the other cities will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Two new cities from Houston – IAH

Frontier will add nonstop service between Houston and Atlanta (April 14) and Cincinnati (April 15). Flights to Atlanta will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Cincinnati will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Three new cities from Kansas City, Mo.

Frontier will add nonstop service between Kansas City and Atlanta (April 15), Chicago O’Hare (April 14) and Philadelphia (June 2). Flights to Philadelphia will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to the other cities will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Three new cities from Milwaukee

Frontier will add nonstop service between Milwaukee and Atlanta (April 15), Dallas/Fort Worth (April 14) and Philadelphia (June 2). Flights to Dallas/Fort Worth and Philadelphia will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Atlanta will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Three new cities from Nashville, Tenn.

Frontier will add nonstop service between Nashville and Chicago O’Hare (April 14), Orlando (April 14) and Philadelphia (April 15). Flights to Orlando will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to the other cities will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Two new cities from New Orleans

Frontier will add nonstop service between New Orleans and Orlando (April 15) and Philadelphia (April 14). Flights to Philadelphia will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Orlando will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Four new cities from Phoenix

Frontier will add nonstop service between Phoenix and Atlanta (April 15), Detroit (April 15), Portland, Ore. (June 30) and Seattle/Tacoma (June 29). Flights to Portland will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to the other cities will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Three new cities from Portland, Oregon

Frontier will add nonstop service between Portland and Chicago O’Hare (April 14), Cleveland (April 14) and Phoenix (June 29). Flights to Cleveland and Phoenix will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Chicago O’Hare will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Three new cities from Raleigh/Durham, N.C.

Frontier will add nonstop service between Raleigh/Durham and Atlanta (April 15), Orlando (April 14) and Philadelphia (April 14). Flights to Orlando and Philadelphia will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Atlanta will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Two new cities from St. Augustine, Florida

Frontier will add nonstop service between St. Augustine and Chicago O’Hare (April 14) and Philadelphia (April 15). Flights to Chicago will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Philadelphia will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Two new cities from Seattle/Tacoma

Frontier will add nonstop service between Seattle/Tacoma and Chicago O’Hare (April 14) and Phoenix (June 29). Flights to Chicago will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Phoenix will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Other New Markets

Frontier will also add new nonstops in the following markets not previously mentioned: Atlanta – Memphis (April 14), Indianapolis – Philadelphia (April 14), Minneapolis/St. Paul – Chicago O’Hare (April 15), St. Louis – Atlanta (April 14), Dallas-Fort Worth – Orlando (April 16) and San Francisco – Atlanta (April 15).

Resumption of Seasonal Service

Service resumes in many markets including the following: Atlanta – Cincinnati, Cleveland – Phoenix, Cincinnati – Phoenix and Phoenix – Salt Lake City.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-111 N920FR (msn 1997), with Carl the Coyote on the tail, arrives in Washington (Dulles).

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