Frontier announces seven new destinations from Colorado Springs Airport

The snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains stand as a backdrop to the downtown Los Angeles skyline, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
The snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains stand as a backdrop to the downtown Los Angeles skyline, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Frontier Airlines is adding nonstop flights between the Colorado Springs Airport and seven new cities, the airport announced Tuesday.

Service to Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. will begin this summer.

Service to Fort Myers, Florida, and Tampa, Florida will begin in the fall.

“These are not necessarily destinations from Colorado Springs. Many of these are origin points, obviously take Washington D.C. There’s clearly a lot of connections between Colorado Springs and our federal government for example, military especially,” said Barry Biffle, president and CEO of Frontier Airlines.

“You can avoid flying through Denver, you have a low cost airline flying out of Colorado Springs to most of the places you want to go. Check it out and by the time you compare parking and everything like that, it’s a heck of a deal,” said Mayor John Suthers.

Introductory fares start at $29. Tickets for the routes starting this summer are available now on Frontier’s website. 

Frontier will be the only airline serving five of these cities from Colorado Springs. United Airlines already provides nonstop service from the Springs to Los Angeles and Chicago.

“We have a lot of tourists that come to this greater area, but we can have a lot more. But is it somewhere that people go when they just go to Denver or they go into the mountains or something? And I think with all the nonstop service, I think this gives them an opportunity to really promote Colorado Springs in a way that we haven’t been able to in a long time,” Biffle said.

Denver-based Frontier returned to Colorado Springs in April 2016. They currently provide nonstop flights to Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Orlando.

Airport officials credit Frontier’s return with helping increase passenger traffic at the airport. Airport traffic was up 10.6 percent in 2016 compared to the previous year.

“One of the things we’re trying to convince people is this is an easier access way to the mountains in the winter time than is DIA and I-70. You can go up Highway 24 and U.S. 9 to Summit County and be on the ski slopes before you can get through that traffic jam on I-70,” Suthers said.

A summary of the new flights:

COS – ORD

Depart COS: 6:05 a.m.
Arrive ORD: 9:42 a.m.

Depart ORD: 10:30 a.m.
Arrive COS: 12:18 p.m.

Frequency: Daily
Service Start: June 12, 2017, Seasonal

COS – LAX

Depart COS: 5:55 p.m.
Arrive LAX: 7:36 p.m.

Depart LAX: 8:20 p.m.
Arrive COS: 11:36 p.m.

Frequency: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
Service Start: June 12, 2017, Seasonal

COS – SAN

Depart COS: 10:35 a.m.
Arrive SAN: 11:48 a.m.

Depart SAN: 11:25 a.m.
Arrive COS: 2:42 p.m.

Frequency: Daily
Service Start: July 10, 2017, Seasonal

COS – SFO

Depart COS: 5:55 p.m.
Arrive SFO: 7:39 p.m.

Depart SFO: 8:20 p.m.
Arrive COS: 11:58 p.m.

Frequency: Thursday, Sunday
Service Start: June 11, 2017, Seasonal

COS – SFO

Depart COS: 1:15 p.m.
Arrive SFO: 2:59 p.m.

Depart SFO: 3:45 p.m.
Arrive COS: 7:23 p.m.

Frequency: Tuesday
Service Start: June 13, 2017, Seasonal

COS – IAD

Depart COS: 3:35 p.m.
Arrive IAD: 8:54 p.m.

Depart IAD: 7:50 a.m.
Arrive COS: 9:44 a.m.

Frequency: Daily
Service Start: July 10, 2017, Seasonal

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