It's only been two years since Republic Airways Holdings bested Southwest in the Frontier Airlines sweepstakes -- but the Republic-Frontier pairing is already headed for Splitsville. This week, Republic CEO Bryan Bedford said the firm is looking at selling Frontier, prompting speculation that ... More >>
Who put the "international" in Denver International Airport? Not just the Martians living in those underground tunnels at DIA. Next May, Icelandair will introduce non-stop flights from Denver to Reykjavik, Iceland -- and the airline just launched a photo contest for two round-trip tickets on that in ... More >>
Bryan Bedford.Update: Frontier Airlines has just announced that pilots have approved a cost-saving agreement, with 89.6 percent offering their approval. That's not the end of the austerity plan, but in a statement, Frontier CEO Bryan Bedford says the carrier is more than halfway toward its " ... More >>
I contacted Frontier spokeswoman Lindsey Purves at 6:17 a.m. yesterday for a comment about Southwest Airlines' acquisition of AirTran and what it might mean for what's still portrayed as Denver's hometown airline. But the statement Purves came up with nearly nine hours later doesn't even ment ... More >>
In late July, Frontier Airlines announced it was discontinuing Denver to Aspen service. Well, never mind. The carrier is continuing the flights -- good news to local skiers on a tight schedule, not to mention Frontier's Colorado staffers, who'll see this decision, along with the extension of ... More >>
Since last November, when Frontier Airlines jobs began moving to Milwaukee and Indianapolis, locals have feared that the new acquisition of Indy's Republic Airways Holdings would slowly sever its ties to Denver. It's good news, then, that Frontier has extended its lease at DIA until 2020. Loo ... More >>
John Hickenlooper the way Republicans see him.Update, 7:48 a.m., May 28: The Hickenlooper campaign has responded to this post. See how after the original item, published at 3:27 p.m. on May 27. The latest assault on Democratic guv candidate John Hickenlooper from the Republican Governors Ass ... More >>
Photo courtesy Association of Flight Attendants-CWAUnited employees protesting stalled contract talks at DIA last month.The merger of United and Continental is potentially blockbuster news, admits Ken Kyle, local counsel president for the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA -- but only poten ... More >>
Photo by Ken OdeyBet these folks are happy. The suspense is finally over regarding Frontier Airlines. Frontier's owner, Republic Airways Holdings, has announced that the new name of the carrier, which is being combined with sister airline Midwest, will be... Frontier. Oh yeah: The airline wil ... More >>
Some Denver jobs are flying to Indianapolis.Word that 140 Frontier Airlines jobs will be relocating from Denver to Indianapolis, headquarters of Republic Airways Holdings, which bested Southwest in its quest for the carrier back in October, has been seen as a bummer in these parts. But Fronti ... More >>
Up, up and away -- but where to? The latest story from those Northwest Airlines pilots who missed their Minneapolis-St. Paul destination by a mere 150 miles last week: As they flew over Denver, they started fiddling with their laptops and kinda/sorta lost track of time. Which is understandabl ... More >>
When Southwest Airlines made its run at purchasing Frontier Airlines this past month, a number of industry observers speculated that it was doing so because Frontier was kicking its ass in Denver. But just because Southwest eventually lost out to underdog Republic Airways Holdings in the Fron ... More >>
Republic Airways Holdings' victory over Dallas-based Southwest Airlines in the Frontier sweepstakes raises more questions than it answers, as Dallas Morning News airline blogger Eric Torbenson makes clear in "What Will Denver Look Like in Two Years?," an analysis published earlier today. In T ... More >>
Moments ago, Southwest Airlines released a statement about what everyone else had already figured out -- that Southwest's massive bid for Frontier Airlines had fallen apart at the last minute over an inability to get Frontier pilots to concede on seniority-oriented contract issues. In the do ... More >>
An image from the Republic Airways Holdings website.Tomorrow's the day when Frontier Airlines hits the auction block, and in recent days, Southwest Airlines, one of two publicly announced suitors, has gotten the vast majority of attention due to the size of its bid: $170 million, nearly $60 m ... More >>
Gary Kelly.With yesterday's promise of a $170 million bid for Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines made it clear it really, really wants the Denver-based carrier. After all, the total was nearly $60 million more than its previously announced offer of $113 million, which was already higher th ... More >>
Several outlets are reporting that Southwest Airlines is trying to outbid Republic Airways and swoop up Denver's bankrupt hometown airline, Frontier. From the Associated Press: A court had already approved the sale of Frontier Airlines Holdings Inc. to the parent of Republic Airways for $ ... More >>
Paramount Pictures/Lucasfilm Join Henry and Indy Jones at Film on the Rocks.Film on the Rocks is, hands down, my favorite summer film series in the area. First, there's the gorgeous view of the city from Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 West Alameda Parkway in Morrison. Then there's all the a ... More >>
There's much more planning required for very high-altitude cuisine than there is a mere mile above sea level, as Andres Jimenez is learning. Starting May 1, the exec chef at the Ritz-Carlton downtown will be the first of four Ritz-Carlton chefs to take on a two-month stint creating high-end, sky-hig ... More >>
Continental Airlines probably should have known better. After all, the airlines have long understood that pacification of terrified passengers in a time of crisis keeps a bad situation from getting worse. The purpose behind those oxygen masks that drop from the ceiling of the plane? Oxygen gets you ... More >>
Christina Szele. Colorado’s most famous accidental tourist, Christina Elizabeth Szele, has a date in a Colorado court today, but she won’t be here in person. And that’s too bad, because we’d love to hear what legendary U. S. District Judge John Kane (profiled in this 2001 Westword feature) ... More >>
Christina Szele's most recent flights have been fueled by nose candy. This city's most famous accidental tourist is coming back. On June 17, 35-year-old Christina Elizabeth Szele was on a JetBlue flight bound from San Francisco for New York when she lit up a cigarette, then yelled obscenities, i ... More >>
Still up in the air. Frontier Airlines, which is fighting to stay aloft, yesterday floated two telling communiques. The first announced that the Denver-based airline had received a $30 million installment of the $75 million loan from Republic Airways Holdings that was approved by a bankruptcy judg ... More >>
Woe is the traveler this summer who flies for business or pleasure. As gas prices have gone through the roof, the airlines have responded by taking it out on passengers, raising ticket prices, adding fees for checked bags, canceling routes and charging for food. As a result, Westword decided to beg ... More >>
Just when you thought air travel couldn’t get any more annoying, United Airlines has decided to start charging $15 to check your suitcase. Make that your first suitcase. Your second bag will cost another $25. Oh, and in the event of a sudden drop in cabin pressure, oxygen masks will fall from the ... More >>
Four years ago, Westword ran a "How United Airlines Ruined My Summer Vacation" contest. Well, this year United Airlines ruined my family's Thanksgiving. I got a phone call from my mother the Sunday after Thanksgiving. But she wasn't checking in to see how I was doing, or thanking me for the delicio ... More >>
Losing the name game at our country's airports.
Heaven and Helluloid
February 26, 2004
Fly Our Fiendly Skies
January 22, 2004
From kitty cut-ups to an airline named Ted, this was one oddball year.
What my bag did on its summer vacation.
From the week of August 17
Denver and United Airlines are in a dogfight over who gets the loot.
Rumors won't fly with those who lost their loved ones in a Colorado Springs plane crash.
Western Pacific's losses mount as boss man Ed Beauvais scrambles with new plans.
As prospects dim, Denver aviation officials still chase after an air link to Britain.
Is a new contract at DIA the first step toward ripping out the automated baggage system?
Denver pays a consultant big money to get overseas flights for DIA--and goes nowhere.
THE CITY CLEARS THE TARMAC FOR A TEXAS-SIZED TAXPAYER SUBSIDY AT DIA.
COLORADO SPRINGS BOOSTERS GO UP, UP AND AWAY WITH ED BEAUVAIS.HIGH FLYER HOW MUCH OF A FLIGHT RISK IS WESTERN PACIFIC'S ED BEAUVAIS? JUST ASK THE INVESTORS IN HIS LAST AIRLINE.
THE BAE BAGGAGE SYSTEM COST HALF A BILLION DOLLARS AND DELAYED DIA'S OPENING FOR MORE THAN A YEAR. AND IT STILL ISN'T WORKING.BAG IT WILL THE CITY HAVE TO PACK IN DIA'S AUTOMATED BAGGAGE SYSTEM?
A MEXICAN AIRLINE PURSUES ITS EX-CHAIRMAN TO A VAIL CONDO.