Frontier Airlines won’t be landing here this year
10:00 PM, Mar. 12, 2011
Great Falls will not see new service from the low-cost airline, Frontier Airlines, in 2011.
Airport and Great Falls Chamber of Commerce officials had hoped the commercial airline would consider Great Falls among the seven-market expansion originally planned for 2011, said airport director John Faulkner.
Chamber members worked to create a fund to use to provide incentives to attract additional air passenger flights to the local airport, funds that can be used to subsidize service initially.
However, typically, airlines announce service expansions in late February. After some inquiries, Great Falls airport officials and supporters learned that Frontier will add just three new markets this year, Provo, Utah, Sioux Falls, S.D. and Knoxville, Tenn. The cutback in plans is due to uncertain oil prices.
“All of those communities offer incentives for airline service, so that underscores the importance of community incentives when it comes to new airline passenger service,” Faulkner said. “We are hopeful the Chamber’s fund will continue to be available, as we are now working to gain service in 2012.”
Faulkner will be at an airline industry meeting in Salt Lake City in a couple of weeks and plans to meet with Frontier Airline officials.
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