Frontier Airlines announces final South Bend flight

By: Newscenter 16 staff Email
By: Newscenter 16 staff Email

Frontier Airlines has announced it will depart from South Bend Airport (SBN) for the final time on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013.

Frontier began service at SBN on Oct. 11, 2012 with nonstop service to Denver four times weekly on a 138-seat Airbus 319 aircraft. Load factors have ranged from 70% to a peak of 85% in March. Through May, the Frontier flights were 79% full on average.

“When we began service to Denver, the data showed that we should have been able to get travelers to start their westward flights locally from SBN instead of driving to other larger airports,” said Mike Daigle, SBN’s Executive Director. “Unfortunately, although nonstop traffic to Denver did increase, Frontier was not able to remain profitable on this route.”

According to the US Department of Transportation, Denver was the twenty-second most flown to destination from South Bend in 2011. At the end of 2012, Denver became a top 10 destination of SBN travelers. Frontier’s arrival and service at SBN proved westward demand. SBN officials continue to meet with other airlines to recruit additional service to new destinations.

Travelers may book tickets for flights to Denver with connections to 15 additional destinations to the west including San Fransisco, Los Angeles and Seattle through Sept. 9.

About the South Bend Airport:

South Bend Airport’s four air carriers provide nonstop flights to 10 cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, and Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg with connections world-wide. South Bend Airport’s multi-modal terminal serves over one million air, rail and bus passengers each year. According to the 2012 Economic Impact Report from the Aviation Authority of Indiana, the South Bend Airport's total annual economic impact on South Bend and surrounding communities was in excess of $1.7 billion.

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