Frontier Airlines introduces Portsmouth-to-Orlando flights for $59, more competition for ManchesterBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
September 13. 2018 9:19AM
PORTSMOUTH — Frontier Airlines plans to begin operating flights to Orlando, Fla., out of Portsmouth International Airport at Pease in December, the company said Wednesday.
The Denver-based airline’s announcement means the airport will now have two major carriers.
According to Frontier officials, the airline is expected to begin flying to and from Orlando International Airport on Dec. 6, with flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
The company also said it will offer introductory one-way fares on flights to Florida for as low as $59.
In addition to Portsmouth, Frontier also plans to begin flights out of Burlington, Vt., meaning the airline will now serve 103 cities in 44 states.
The plan adds four new destinations at Orlando International Airport as well.
“We continue to find new ways to deliver on our mission to make air travel more affordable for America. These new routes will provide more people the opportunity to travel to warm weather destinations this winter than ever before, and we look forward to them having a chance to experience our unique brand of Low Fares Done Right,” Daniel Shurz, Frontier’s senior vice president, said in a news release.
Airport Director Paul Brean said he believes the airport and Frontier will be a good match.
“The airport is constantly looking for new service development to support the community and hopefully get the Seacoast and New Hampshire residents to different destinations,” he said. “They offer low-cost service, and we think that not only will we get New Hampshire residents going out to different locations, but Frontier understands that Portsmouth can be a gateway to the White Mountains, Lakes Region and the Seacoast.”
The announcement follows the Pease Development Authority’s recent approval of a $19 million terminal expansion plan.
Brean said the project includes expanding the size of its post-security hold area and will increase screening capability to meet the demands of larger airlines.
Until now, Allegiant was the only other major airline operating out of Portsmouth.