Republic Airways Holdings lays low in Frontier sweepstakes

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

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 million more than the first total it floated. Moreover, Southwest's CEO, Gary Kelly, has been out and proud about his firm's efforts, releasing a statement he sent to Southwest employees about the possible Frontier acquisition.

In contrast, there's been virtual radio silence from Republic Airways Holdings, the outfit that kicked off the Frontier frenzy with a $108 million offer. The Republic website's press room section features zero about Frontier; in fact, the most recent post dates back to October 2008. And its latest press release went out on July 31, when Republic completed its purchase of Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines.

Either Republic is keeping a low profile in advance of increasing its offering price in a big way tomorrow, or it's already given up and will let deeper-pocketed Southwest walk off with a sky-high prize -- obtained for a sky-high price.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.