Frontier awaiting D.C. confirmation, considering additional Springs flights

Frontier Airlines expects to find out this month if it won a bid for a direct flight from Colorado Springs to Washington D.C.

“We really hope that it happens,” said Andrea Tollar, Frontier Airlines director of sales.

Tollar spoke to leaders in the Colorado Springs tourism industry Wednesday at the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau annual business meeting.

In March, the Department of Transportation announced that slots had opened up for additional flights into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport – and the bidding began. More than a dozen airlines sent in bids to get those coveted spots.

Frontier, which has been growing its business in the Springs, made a bid for a direct flight from Colorado Springs with continued service to San Diego. If it wins the bid, flights could begin as soon as August, Tollar said.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has the final say on incoming and outgoing flights into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, one of the few airports in the country with flights regulated by Congress. Colorado Springs residents sent letters to DOT saying they would support the flight.

In the meantime, Frontier is investigating adding at least two more direct flights out of the Springs to Orlando and Chicago, Tollar said.

The airline has a hub in Denver and since 2008 has had a healthy schedule of flights from Colorado Springs to Denver and back to get passengers to connecting flights.

This month, Frontier Airlines begins direct flights from Colorado Springs to Phoenix, Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle. Bookings are already taking flight, Tollar said. Non-stop flights to Los Angeles, Phoenix and Seattle begin May 18 and non-stop flights to Portland begin May 20.

Tollar said the airline expects mostly business travelers to and from Phoenix and Los Angeles and early booking indicate that to be true.

The huge increase, she said, is in the bookings from the Springs to Portland and Seattle.

Frontier plans to fly its 138-seat Airbus A319 out of Colorado Springs and they are lowering ticket prices so they can fill the plane. Doug Price, CVB president and CEO, said he just booked a round-trip flight from the Springs to Seattle and paid $217.

The airline is offering promotional ticket prices on their website.