Frontier Airlines brings BTV new low-cost, nonstop flights to Orlando

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Frontier Airlines brings BTV new low-cost, nonstop flights to Orlando

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 3:06pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine You'd better hurry if you want to fly non-stop to Orlando next winter for $59. Low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines is introducing non-stop flights from Burlington International Airport (BTV) with service to Orlando International Airport (MCO). The new flights were announced today at a press conference with airport and airline officials, Mayor Miro Weinberger and Governor Phil Scott. This fare is available through this Friday for flights beginning in February 2019.

Vermont is the 44th state to be served by Frontier (flyfrontier.com), which is a competitor of Spirit and other low-cost carriers.

“We are proud to bring our unique brand of Low Fares Done Right to Burlington,” said Jonathan Freed, Director of Corporate Communications for Frontier Airlines. “Frontier’s new flights to Orlando will make air travel more accessible and affordable for the Lake Champlain Region and the Montreal area. We look forward to making it easier for people to fly, and for people to fly more often.”

Director of Aviation Gene Richards announced on Wednesday that Frontier would initiate nonstop service to Orlando beginning in February 2019, starting at $59 one-way. To his left are Frontier's Jonathan Freed, Mayor Weinberger and Governor Scott. VBM photos.

BTV Aviation Director Gene Richards, who hosted the event outside the arrival area on the second floor of the airport, urged locals to try the new carrier, because otherwise "service will disappear." He noted that this two-days-a-week service will be the only direct service from BTV to Florida. Jet Blue and Allegiant both used to offer service to Florida and have dropped it.

"Use BTV," Richards said. "Take care of this airport...don't take it for granted." And you don't want the carrier give up on the root. "You don't want service that fails," he said, which is why they're starting off with such a modest schedule, with flights only on Wednesday and Saturday.

It's been a long climb back for BTV from the Great Recession of a decade ago. Passenger enplanements are up 12 percent this year, and last month were up 14 percent, according to Richards. He added that they've put $500,000 into the parking garage, which is a vital money maker for the airport. He said the renovations are done for this season and will resume next year. Part of the upper lot is still closed.

Richards said if the Orlando service proves popular, more flights will be added. Freed acknowledged such would be the case. Richards added that these flights are also middle-of-the-day flights, which allows for convenience. (Spirit flies out of Plattsburgh, NY, at 1:59 am).

“We are very thankful to Frontier for this air service opportunity and their wonderful partnership,” Richards said. “This service will complement the already amazing destinations you can fly to/from BTV. Not only is this a tremendous opportunity for the airport, but for the entire region.”

Frontier is focused on more than low fares, Freed said. The carrier offers customers the ability to customize travel to their needs and budget. For example, customers can purchase options a la carte or in one low-priced bundle called the WORKS. This bundle includes refundability, a carry-on bag, a checked bag, the best available seat, waived change fees and priority boarding.

Freed is very familiar with Vermont. He's an Anglophone from Montreal, his family had a place in Vermont when he was growing up and his daughter goes to the University of Vermont.

“Congratulations to the City’s Airport team on continuing to provide highly sought-after service for Burlingtonians, and the local region,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger. “The Airport has served more passengers so far this year than at any time in the last decade, and with new direct flights from Burlington, the Airport is even better positioned to welcome visitors to our region and to support Vermonters traveling south. I am excited by this opportunity to welcome Frontier to BTV, and look forward to building and enhancing our partnership."

Governor Phil Scott said Vermont also welcomes Frontier to Burlington International Airport.

“It’s important to note that Frontier’s decision to serve BTV makes it easier, and more affordable, for people in Florida to fly to Vermont,” Scott said. “As a state, we have one of the strongest brands in the country. We are known internationally for our top-notch resorts, beautiful mountains, quaint villages, vibrant downtowns, and world-class specialty food and craft beer. But what really sets us apart is our people. It is the authenticity and character of Vermonters that make people want to come here.  Frontier’s service allows more Americans easy access to everything Vermont offers, and we are grateful to them for embracing this opportunity and look forward to building on this partnership.”

The airline’s "reimagined" frequent flier program, FRONTIER Miles lets members enjoy many benefits as well as attain Elite status, Freed said. Like the airline, FRONTIER Miles is family friendly and the new program makes it easy for families to enjoy the rewards together, including family pooling of miles. FRONTIER Miles is aptly named, because you earn one mile for every mile flown – no funny formulas at Frontier, he said. If a customer travels a little or a lot, they will find FRONTIER Miles rewarding, he said.

Frontier flies one of the youngest fleets in the industry, the Airbus A320 Family of nearly 80 jet aircraft. With nearly 200 new planes on order, Frontier will continue to grow to deliver on the mission of providing affordable travel across America, Freed said. Frontier’s young fleet also ensures that the company will continue to keep fares low and that customers will enjoy a pleasant and reliable experience flying with the airline, he said.

Following is a summary of the new service:

ORLANDO (MCO) to/from BURLINGTON (BTV)

Depart MCO: 11:24 a.m. Arrive BTV: 2:35 p.m.

Depart BTV: 3:25 p.m. Arrive MCO: 7:09 p.m.

Frequency: Wednesday, Saturday

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Service Start: Feb. 9, 2019

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About Frontier Airlines:

Frontier Airlines is committed to delivering ‘Low Fares Done Right’ to 100 cities and growing in the United StatesCanadaDominican Republic and Mexico on 350 daily flights. Headquartered in Denver, Frontier Airlines is the proud recipient of the Federal Aviation Administration’s 2017 Diamond Award for maintenance excellence and was named the industry’s most fuel-efficient airline by The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) as a result of superior technology and operational efficiencies.

*About Intro Fare Offer:

Fares must be purchased by 11:59 pm Eastern time on Sep. 14, 2018 for nonstop travel. Fares are valid as indicated below dependent on days of service. For Burlington, travel is valid on Wednesdays Feb. 13, 2019 through Apr. 17, 2019. The following blackouts apply: Feb. 27, 2019, Mar. 6, 2019 and Mar. 27, 2019. Fares are one way and do not require roundtrip purchase.

Public Intro Fares:

ORIGIN

 

DESTINATION

ALL IN FARE

SERVICE START

APPLICABLE DAY OF WEEK

MCO

TO/FROM

BTV

59

9-FEB-19

WEDNESDAY

Source: BTV BURLINGTON, Vt. – 9.12.2018