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City Lands New Airline to Serve Louisville International Airport

Tuesday January 16, 2007

Frontier Airlines Becomes First Carrier to Provide Daily Non-Stop Service between Louisville and Denver

Frontier Airlines
Mayor Jerry Abramson today joined airport officials to announce that Louisville International Airport has attracted a new, low-cost airline to serve travelers and enhance transportation options to the west.

Frontier Airlines will launch daily non-stop service between its Denver International Airport (DEN) hub and Louisville International Airport (SDF) beginning April 1, 2007. The two daily non-stop flights between Mayor Abramson at the Frontier Airlines Press Conference on January 16, 2007Louisville and Denver will utilize Frontier’s JetExpress service, with passengers boarding a 76–seat Embraer 170 regional jet. The new service will offer connections to Frontier destination cities throughout the western U.S., five Mexican destinations including Cabo San Lucas, Guadalajara, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, as well as to Calgary and Vancouver.

"We've worked hard to recruit Frontier to be a part of Louisville's air-service mix, and are excited that they will be joining us at Louisville International Airport to greatly expand our citizens' options when flying to the west," Abramson said. "In addition to the overwhelming economic impact resulting from our massive airport expansion of two decades ago, we also have seen growth and enhancements in air service - like the addition of Frontier, another low-cost airline for Louisville International."

According to a 2006 survey conducted by Greater Louisville Inc., 68.2 percent of Greater Louisville employers require travel to Denver and 88.2 percent require access to the West Coast. Frontier, recently named best U.S. low-cost carrier by readers of Business Traveler magazine, offers convenient service to Denver and major western markets, allowing business travelers to plan flights that are conducive to their business schedules.

“The airport is thrilled to welcome Frontier Airlines to Louisville,” commented Airport Board Chairman J. D. Nichols. “When asked, our travelers clearly indicated a preference for non-stop service to Denver and top destinations on the West Coast. Frontier’s new low cost service to the west provides our customers with easy and affordable access to dozens of cities in the west, Mexico and Canada.”

Officials estimate the direct flights will save travelers an average of 90 minutes traveling to Denver. To celebrate the new Louisville service, Frontier will offer special introductory fares starting at $80. To book flights from Louisville International Airport, visit www.flylouisville.com.