Frontier Airlines Wants More Flights at Booming Denver Hub

Jul 24, 2019

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Frontier Airlines will add a new gate to its roster in Denver to support its growing flight schedule at the airport.

The hometown carrier will add gate A54 to its roster in Denver (DEN), bringing its total to nine gates on concourse A, the airport confirms. A Denver City Council committee will vote on the change to Frontier’s lease with the airport later today.

Gate A54 recently received an upgrade from what had been a ground-level gate designed to serve regional aircraft to one with a jetbridge, says Denver airport spokesman Alex Renteria.

Frontier is rapidly growing in Denver. The airline is scheduled to operate 24% more flights this month compared to July 2018, Diio by Cirium schedules show.

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That translates to up to 16 more daily Frontier flights compared to last year. In total, the carrier’s July schedule for Denver peaks at 87 departures a day, according to the data.

Frontier’s effort to grow in Denver comes as the airport is booming. The facility saw a nearly 5% jump in passenger numbers to 62.7 million in 2018, U.S. Department of Transporation data via Diio shows.

Denver was the fifth-busiest airport in the U.S. in 2018, according to the DOT’s ranking.

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This year, the airport’s largest carrier United Airlines plans to operate 10% more flights and its second largest carrier Southwest Airlines 3.9% more flights, according to Diio. Frontier, the third largest, is scheduled to operate 14.5% more flights.

Traffic growth is driving a multi-billion-dollar airport expansion program in Denver. Work includes a reconfiguration of the terminal, and construction of 39 additional gates across all three concourses.

Southwest has already put its hand up for the new gates planned for concourse C. United will use the expansion of concourse B.

Featured image courtesy of Denver airport.

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