Triangle travelers will be able to fly directly to Kansas City, Mo., and Providence, R.I., starting next spring via Frontier Airlines.
Frontier also will add new flights to Austin on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays beginning Oct. 5, starting at $49 one way, as well as new flights to Cincinnati starting next spring. The start dates and schedules for Kansas City, Providence and Cincinnati will soon be available on www.flyfrontier.com.
Frontier Airlines previously announced it would begin service to Las Vegas on Aug. 14. The airline also offers nonstop trips to Orlando, Philadelphia and Trenton, N.J., Cleveland and Denver.
The flights to Kansas City and Providence give Raleigh-Durham International Airport two new nonstop destinations, bringing the airport’s total of direct connections to 50. The Kansas City flight also will connect RDU to one of its top unserved destinations.
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“Fifty nonstop destinations is a huge milestone for us,” said Michael Landguth, RDU’s president and CEO. “Thanks to Frontier’s growth at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, we can better connect Triangle travelers to new destinations at super affordable fares. What’s more, Kansas City is a top unserved destination and Providence is a very popular northeastern city. This is great news for travelers.”
Austin, Texas, was RDU’s top market in terms of passenger demand without a nonstop flight until Delta Air Lines began flying there in March. Allegiant recently announced new flights to Cincinnati, which will begin Nov. 16. The route also is served by Delta.
The other top unserved destinations from RDU now include San Diego, Portland, Ore., San Jose, Calif., San Antonio and Milwaukee.
The new Frontier flights from RDU are part of a larger announcement by the airline Tuesday that it would nearly double its nonstop routes nationwide by summer 2018.
“We are proud to announce the nationwide expansion of our unique brand of Low Fares Done Right which will empower millions more people to afford to fly,” Barry Biffle, president and CEO for Frontier Airlines, said in a statement. “We project this will save our customers over a billion dollars annually on their flights. These new flights will allow us to serve even more of America and make flying a truly affordable option.”
Kathryn Trogdon: 919-829-4845: @KTrogdon