Frontier Airlines adds service to Kalispell
FILE - In this June 10, 2020 file photo, a Frontier Airlines jet heads down a runway for take off from Denver International Airport as travelers deal with the effects of the new coronavirus in Denver. Fans of Frontier Airlines can now buy a piece of the budget carrier. Frontier shares were expected to begin public trading Thursday, April 1, 2021, and company executives are hoping to get a tailwind from what seems to be a recovery in air travel. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
| April 13, 2021 10:30 AM
Discount carrier Frontier Airlines will launch a new direct flight this summer connecting Kalispell with Denver.
The Denver-based company plans to start the service to Glacier Park International Airport on June 17. The nonstop flight will run three times weekly.
“These new flights will open new opportunities for flyers to explore Kalispell and residents to take a trip to Denver or connect to other popular destinations in Frontier’s network,” said Josh Flyr, vice president of network and operational design, Frontier Airlines.
Kalispell is Frontier’s fourth service destination in Montana.
GPIA is now serviced by eight airline carriers, including Alaska, Allegiant, American, Delta, United, SunCountry, JetBlue and Frontier.
The carrier is offering an initial promotional fare as low as $49, if tickets are purchased by April 19.
The company operates more than 100 Airbus A320 aircraft and has the largest A320neo fleet in the U.S. According to the carrier, the use of these aircraft along with Frontier’s seating configuration, weight-saving tactics and baggage process help make Frontier the most fuel-efficient U.S. airline.
Shares of the discount carrier began public trading last month, the Associated Press reported April 1.
CEO Barry Biffle said Frontier will remain focused on the leisure-travel market, unlike bigger airlines that depend on high-paying business travelers.
“It's not going to change how we run the business,” Biffle said in an interview with the Associated Press. “The strategy is the same.”
Biffle said after a year of lockdowns, there are “lots of people with a lot of money in their pockets and with a burning desire to get out of their house and get back to living. I think there will be plenty of demand. It's a great time.”