Just minutes before this article published, the first Frontier Airlines flight out of Louisville International Airport in six years took off for Denver.
The discount airline, which previously discontinued flights out of Louisville in 2012, returned this spring. Frontier Airlines will now offer nonstop air service to and from Denver on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The flights will use a 180- or 186-seat Airbus A320, according to a news release.
“This is a great addition to our air service options made possible by the ongoing local support and strong demand. Frontier’s attractive fares give area travelers’ the ability to easily connect to a variety of cities, including those on the West Coast,” Dan Mann, executive director of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority, said in a release.
Frontier is similar to Allegiant, which already operates out of the Louisville airport, in that it offers low-cost flights but forgoes many of the amenities offered by traditional airlines. Customers must pay to check bags, get snacks and pick a specific seat.
“We are pleased to return to Louisville and introduce a new and more affordable way to travel to and from the area,” Eric Engel, spokesperson for Frontier Airlines, said in the release. “We’re offering incredibly low fares and a reliable, friendly service that allows people to customize the travel experience to their needs and budget. This empowers more people than ever before to fly. It’s what our Low Fares Done Right philosophy is all about.”
Flight costs vary based on the day and time of year, though, current listings for one-way tickets in May range from $80 to about $300. Customers also can join Frontier’s Discount Den subscription for $49.99 a year, which gives fliers access to even lower-cost fares, among several other perks.
The increasing market demand in Louisville has allowed the airport authority to attract new flights to the city. Currently, people can fly directly to 31 destinations from the Louisville International Airport.
The addition of Frontier could lead to more nonstop flights in the future. Allegiant Airlines started flying out of Louisville International Airport in spring 2017 and now offers 11 nonstop flights to and from Louisville, though some are only seasonal.