Frontier Airlines Announces Massive Network Expansion In 2020

Globally, low-cost carriers are on the rise. The same is true for the United States. Now, Frontier Airlines will launch 25 new routes in a massive network expansion for summer 2020. Moreover, the airline will even open a new crew base next spring.

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Frontier is going big with major network expansion in 2020. Photo: Frontier Airlines

Frontier announced the expansion plans through a press release. And, to launch the ticket sales, the airline even announced introductory fares starting as low as $39.

Frontier’s 2020 expansion from Baltimore

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport will see three new routes on Frontier metal. Better known as BWI or Baltimore/Washington, the airport is one of three major airports serving the Baltimore-Washington D.C. metro area. From BWI, Frontier is adding the following new services:

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  • El Salvador International Airport (SAL) from June 18, 2020
  • Miami International Airport (MIA) from April 23, 2020
  • San Juan Airport (SJU) from April 23, 2020

All three routes will operate with daily services.

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Frontier New Routes Baltimore
Frontier will launch three new nonstop services out of Baltimore. Rendering created at Great Circle Mapper

The big winner: Miami

Miami International Airport is the big winner in Frontier’s new service expansion. Not only will the airline establish services to eight new cities, but in March 2020, Frontier will also open a new base in Miami with over 100 new Frontier flight attendants and 30 pilots within the first three months. Here are the new routes and frequencies out of Miami:

  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) from April 23, 2020 [Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays]
  • Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) from April 23, 2020 [Daily]
  • El Salvador International Airport (SAL) from June 18, 2020 [Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays]
  • Guatemala City La Aurora International Airport (GUA) from May 10, 2020 [Daily, later reducing to Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays]
  • Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP) from May 10, 2020 [Daily]
  • Ontario International Airport (ONT) from April 23, 2020 [Daily]
  • Santo Domingo Airport (SDQ) from April 23, 2020 [Daily]
  • Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN) from April 23, 2020 [Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays]
Miami new routes in 2020
Frontier is expanding with eight new routes out of Miami and a new crew base. Rendering created at Great Circle Mapper

Nine new routes out of Newark Liberty International Airport

Frontier will inaugurate nine new routes out of Newark Liberty International Airport as part of its 2020 expansion. Newark Liberty is one of three major airports in the New York City area. While JFK is the most well-known airport in the area, it can be hard for carriers to find slots at the airport. Not to mention, operating out of JFK would be more expensive for Frontier than out of Newark. Here are the new routes out of Newark:

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  • Cancun International Airport (CUN) from March 10, 2020
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) from April 23, 2020
  • Denver International Airport (DEN) from April 23, 2020
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) from April 23, 2020
  • Ontario International Airport (ONT) from April 23, 2020
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) from April 23, 2020
  • Tampa International Airport (TPA) from March 10, 2020
  • Santiago de los Caballeros Cibao International Airport (STI) from May 28, 2020
  • Santo Domingo Airport (SDQ) from March 10, 2020

All of these routes will see nonstop daily service from Frontier.

Frontier 2020 Expansion EWR
Newark Liberty will receive nonstop service to nine new destinations on Frontier in 2020. Rendering created at Great Circle Mapper

2020 Frontier Expansion from Ontario International Airport

Ontario International Airport is located in the Los Angeles-area. However, a little more removed from the main city. Nevertheless, it is still an important city and, China Airlines even flies to Ontario International from its hub in Taipei. Here are the new Frontier Airlines routes out of Ontario in 2020:

  • El Salvador International Airport (SAL) from June 18, 2020 [Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays]
  • Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) from April 23, 2020 [Daily]
  • Miami International Airport (MIA) from April 23, 2020 [Daily]
  • La Aurora International Airport (GUA) from May 10, 2020 [Daily then reducing to Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays]
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) from April 23, 2020 [Daily]
Ontario Expansion
Ontario International Airport will see five new services in 2020. Rendering created at Great Circle Mapper

Frontier 2020 expansion from San Juan Airport

San Juan, Puerto Rico will also see new services on Frontier to four destinations in 2020:

  • Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) from April 23, 2020
  • Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) from April 23, 2020
  • Chicago O’Hare (ORD) from May 15, 2020
  • Santo Domingo Airport (SDQ) from April 23, 2020

All of these routes will be operated with a daily frequency.

Frontier San Juan Expansion
Frontier will fly to four new destinations from San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2020. Rendering created at Great Circle Mapper

Frontier’s expansion

Frontier has grown quite impressively in the last few years. And, with over 150 Airbus A320neo family aircraft on order– including some A321XLR aircraft. Ultimately, this is just the first in what will be a series of expansions by the low-cost carrier.

sFrontier Airlines is set for some impressive growth with over 150 Airbus A320neo family aircraft on order. Photo: Getty ImagesAs a low-cost carrier, all of Frontier’s aircraft are in an all-economy layout. Like a number of other low-cost carriers, the airline charges a number of fees for ancillary services. Hence, passengers can purchase additional options to give them priority boarding, seat selection, and checked baggage. And, once onboard the aircraft, passengers can buy food and beverages. Or, passengers can bring their own from home or an airport store.

Frontier All-economy
As a low-cost carrier, all of Frontier’s aircraft are in an all-economy layout. Photo: Frontier Airlines

Overall

At the end of the day, flying a low-cost carrier can be a great way to visit a new destination without breaking the bank. However, Frontier does not offer all of the same perks as a full-service carrier would. This new 2020 expansion is big news for the booming low-cost carrier. And, this indicates a desire from passengers to see new destinations at a low cost. Frontier Airlines is aiming to be the carrier that connects new passengers to new destinations in 2020 at a low cost and with high fuel efficiency.

Will you fly any of these new Frontier routes in 2020? If so, let us know in the comments!

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Nicolas

What cowboy behavior… In one fell swoop they’re simultaneously picking fights with incumbents in their home airports (AA at MIA, UA at EWR) and opening routes that’ll never be viable (EWR-ORD, SAL-ONT). Good luck turning a profit with this move

Matt

@Nicolas
Why wouldn’t Newark – O’Hare be viable? Seems like a pretty normal route.

Nicolas

Because to be competitive on this route requires an incredibly attractive schedule, a really strong FFP and an acceptable product. With 25, 20 and 14 daily flights respectively, UA, AA and DL have all three. The market is already saturated, so Frontier will have to steal traffic away from the big 3. Since they will be at such a competitive disadvantage (schedule, FFP, product), price will be their only available mechanism to compete, and the only traffic they’ll be able to pick up will be the most price-elastic segment. Spirit is bold enough to fly the route with just one… Read more »

Doylex

We get it you have a prejudice against the airline. Seriously have you flown recently, like in the last 10 years??? Planes are full and demand is increasing. Your little analysis is opinion and platitudes and not much more. Do you even understand the low cost business model, sadly no.

Mike

Nicolas, oh my you think SAL-ONT is not viable…as a person who lives in the LA area and knows how the Salvadoran community loathes Avianca for price gouging them, this will be a welcomed addition after Volaris.