The Colorado Springs Airport was notified this week that Frontier Airlines will discontinue its service in Colorado Springs. The move follows an announcement in mid-January, when Frontier announced that it would reduce its service in an out of the Colorado Springs Airport during the first quarter of 2013.
Now, the airline has said its cutting all remaining flights in and out of the Springs.
Frontier advised the Airport that demand for the Los Angeles and Phoenix service was relatively strong. However, Frontier cited the difficulty of marketing isolated non-stop routes in a city with no connecting service to its hub in Denver.
Frontier officials could not be reached Friday for comment.
United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines and Allegiant Air continue to serve Colorado Springs to 10 major airline hub cities- Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
Airport staff will continue in its efforts to attract new service to Colorado Springs through its on-going air service development program, airport officials said in a prepared statement. Specific conversations regarding the replacement of Frontier service are currently underway with four airlines, the statement said.
In May, Frontier Airlines officials were on hand at the Colorado Springs Airport to publicly announce new nonstop service to Orlando, Fla., and San Diego from Colorado Springs, and the airline’s senior vice present Daniel Shurz said there were more flights in the works.
It was all part of Frontier Airlines new business model in which the company dubbed Colorado Springs a “focus city” with non-stop flights, using larger aircraft and offering lower ticket prices.
The airline has a hub in Denver and since 2008 had been maintaining a healthy schedule of flights from Colorado Springs to Denver and back to get passengers to connecting flights.
Under the focus city model, Frontier was flying its 138-seat Airbus A319 out of Colorado Springs to Los Angeles, Seattle and Phoenix and it lowered ticket prices so the airline could fill the plane. Prices were comparable to tickets flying out of Denver. For example, fares were as low as $69 each way, including taxes and fees to San Diego and as low as $109 each way to Orlando.
Earlier indications were that the flights were seeing strong bookings. Shurz reported that flights were filling up and people were booking the direct flights on Frontier’s website, one of the company’s goals. About 70 percent of the flights booked to the four cities were on the airline’s site, compared with 40 percent system-wide.