Kansas City travelers now have two new ways to fly nonstop to their favorite destinations on Frontier Airlines. At a news conference at Kansas City International Airport, Frontier announced the launch of nonstop service between Kansas City (MCI) and both Houston (HOU) and Las Vegas (LAS) beginning Nov. 1. Frontier Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings, Inc.
“We’re excited to expand our low-fare, nonstop service to include two more destinations from Kansas City – including the only nonstops to Houston’s convenient close-to-downtown Hobby airport,” said Daniel Shurz, vice president of strategy and planning for Frontier. “We look forward to introducing even more Kansas City travelers to ‘a whole different animal.’” With the two new cities, Frontier will serve 18 destinations nonstop from Kansas City, including Kansas City’s only nonstop service to Mexico.
Shurz added that new data from the Department of Transportation (DOT) lists Frontier Airlines as offering the lowest fares on any nonstop in 14 of the 15 markets it served from Kansas City in the first calendar quarter of 2011 – making it the market’s true low-fare leader.
“Over the last 12 months Frontier has inaugurated three key nonstop routes from Kansas City,” said Mark VanLoh, Kansas City director of aviation. “Today’s announcement of new nonstop flights from KCI to Houston-Hobby and Las Vegas further exemplifies Frontier’s commitment to provide the region with low fares and excellent service.”
As a result of the increase in service, Frontier will be expanding its airport facilities to include a fifth gate in Terminal C at MCI. Frontier and Republic currently have 355 employees, more than any other airline, in the city – including customer service personnel, flight crews, aircraft maintenance technicians and others. Kansas City is home to both crew and maintenance bases for Republic.
Service on the new routes will be provided on 99-seat Embraer 190 aircraft, which feature no middle seats and available STRETCH seating with up to 5 inches of additional legroom on every flight.