Frontier Airlines Halts Portsmouth Service After Just 6 Months
Frontier Airlines is suspending its service from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, saying it will end its only route from the city on July 6, Seacoastonline reports. Frontier had just launched its Portsmouth-Orlando route in December.
Frontier suggested the change was due to poor sales.
"In this instance, demand did not materialize to support the service," Frontier spokesman Zach Kramer said in a statement to Seacoastonline on Monday.
Portsmouth International Airport (PSM) is also served by Allegiant Airlines, which offers a similar nonstop routes between PSM and Orlando Sanford (SFB). Seascoastonline notes that Allegiant increased the frequency of its service from Portsmouth following Frontier's launch there last December.
PSM airport officials expressed hope that Frontier's choice to halt services will be temporary, noting that other low-cost carriers first served Portsmouth with seasonal routes before offering flights year-round.
"It's a quiet time during the summer for Orlando service," Airport Director Paul Brean said to Seacoastonline. "We'll see how Portsmouth plays out in terms of the airline's near term and long-term future."