New Routes of the Day – Americas (17 February 2022): Frontier in Fort Lauderdale
Frontier returned to Fort Lauderdale in a big way when it launched 10 new routes and resumed two others starting on 17 February. The ULCC had suspended flights to the Florida airport in April 2020, not long after the pandemic struck. Now, after nearly two years, the carrier has returned. Routes to Islip and Trenton, which were operated in early 2020 have resumed, while there are 10 new routes for the airline:
- Albany: 3-weekly, competing with JetBlue
- Atlanta: daily, competing with Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and Spirit
- Buffalo: daily, competing with JetBlue and Southwest
- Green Bay: weekly
- New York SWF: 3-weekly
- Orlando MCO: daily, competing with Silver Airways, Southwest and Spirit
- Philadelphia: daily, competing with American, JetBlue, Southwest and Spirit
- Portland PWM: weekly
- Providence: 3-weekly, competing with JetBlue and Southwest
- Rochester: 2-weekly
In addition, Cirium data shows that daily service to Chicago MDW will start on 13 October. Cirium data also reveals that Frontier has served Fort Lauderdale from several other airports in the past. These include Cleveland, Cincinnati, Denver, Memphis, Milwaukee, St. Louis and Washington IAD.
Frontier serving nine airports in Florida
For the last week in February, Frontier is operating 874 departures from nine airports in Florida. Orlando MCO is the airline’s busiest airport in the state with 427 departures followed by Miami (123), Tampa (120), Fort Myers (92), Fort Lauderdale (55), West Palm Beach (42), Jacksonville (6), Pensacola (6) and Sarasota/Bradenton (3).
Frontier is the seventh busiest airline in Florida in terms of flights this February, behind American (4,074 weekly departures), Southwest (2,200), JetBlue (1,722), Delta (1,658), Spirit (1,610) and United (1,297). However, it does rank ahead of Allegiant, who offer 785 weekly departures from the state.