Frontier Airlines uncancels its canceled Denver-to-Aspen flights

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 the airline's DIA lease, as a good sign. Details below:

Frontier Airlines to Continue Aspen Service

DENVER, August 17, 2010 -- Frontier Airlines today announced that it will continue its Denver (DEN) to Aspen (ASE) service. Frontier will service the Aspen flights with its Q400 turboprop aircraft. Service will include one departure per day from Oct. 1 through Nov. 17, two departures per day Nov. 18 through Dec. 15 and four daily departures from Dec. 16 through April 2011. Frontier Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: RJET).

Frontier had announced in late July that it would cease its Denver to Aspen service on Sept. 31. However, the company has made the decision to retain three of its Bombardier Q400 aircraft in order to carry on service to Aspen and several other Colorado locations.

"Frontier is very pleased to be able to continue to serve the Aspen area," said Daniel Shurz, VP of strategy and planning. "The versatility of the Q400 aircraft makes it an ideal and cost-effective aircraft to fly into Aspen and, with this continuing schedule, we will be able to offer travelers to Aspen a low-cost, high-quality experience for their fall and winter travel."

In addition to Aspen, Frontier will use the Q400s to serve other Colorado routes, including Durango and Colorado Springs.

Following is the Aspen flight schedule:

About Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings, Inc., an airline holding company that owns Chautauqua Airlines, Lynx Aviation, Midwest Airlines, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America. Currently in its 16th year of operations, Frontier employs more than 5,500 aviation professionals and operates more than 550 daily flights from its hubs at Denver International Airport and Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport. Frontier offers routes to more than 70 destinations in the United States, Mexico and Costa Rica.

On April 13, 2010, Republic Airways announced that its two branded carriers, Frontier and Midwest, would combine under the Frontier Airlines name. The integration of these two airlines is expected to take 12-18 months.

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