Yesterday Frontier Airlines announced 15 new routes out of Newark as part of a fresh round of expansion. Alongside 13 domestic routes, international routes to Cancun, Mexico and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic were also announced, subject to government approval.
As reported by World Airline News today, Frontier Airlines has revealed a new list of low-cost flights out of Newark. The US budget-fare airline will be charging intro fares of just $15 dollars for the many of the domestic destinations on the list, including Orlando, Miami, Palm Beach, Phoenix and Hartsfiel-Jackson Atlanta.
Flights to San Juan will be $29 and the rest of the routes will begin in March and April 2020, with fares to be announced at a later date. Frontier’s CEO and President, Barry Biffle, said,
“With fares as low as $15, we hope we inspire more people to fly and are delighted to meet that demand with our ‘Low Fares Done Right’ promise.”
Frontier on the front foot
Frontier’s latest round of route announcements are a signal of intent. At this year’s Paris Air Show, Frontier Airlines’ controlling stakeholder, Indigo Partners, announced it will be buying 50 new Airbus A321XLRs. Of this total order, Frontier Airlines will acquire 18 units.
The airline appears to be planning more regional routes and recently announced plans to fly to Hawaii once it receives its new Airbus A321XLRs.
Back in June, Simple Flying speculated that Frontier may soon be eyeing-up potential transatlantic flights, thanks to the long-range capabilities offered by the new Airbus A321XLR. Whilst transatlantic routes have not materialized yet, our prediction was somewhat on the money, as shown by Frontier’s announcement yesterday.
What a difference an A321XLR makes
The Airbus A321XLR was launched at the Paris Air Show earlier this year and immediately made a big impression. Airbus has already secured hundreds of orders for the A321XLR, including 50 from Frontier’s domestic competitor and the largest airline in the world, American Airlines.
An upgrade of the A321LR, the A321XLR now holds the title of the world’s longest-range single-aisle aircraft. It is able to fly up to 4,700 nautical miles, making it a very attractive proposition for airlines.
The perfect fit for Frontier
As an airline which prides itself on its green credentials, the A321XLR seems a great fit for Frontier’s expansion plans.
Barry Biffle said, “Frontier is the most fuel-efficient airline in the U.S., offering passengers both the most affordable and sustainable approach to flying.”
With an average fuel saving of 39% compared to other US airlines, Frontier’s fleet, seating, baggage and weight-saving strategies are all clearly paying off. Frontier already has the largest fleet of A320neos in the US, an impressive feat considering it sits way down the overall fleet size rankings.
Frontier’s new routes and its exclusive Discount Den membership rates will be a welcome addition to the overall route offering out of Newark. Although customers will have to wait until next year to access the full list of new destinations, some attractive new routes will begin operation in mid-November.