Frontier Airlines has announced an expansion of service from Omaha, Nebraska, as well as the addition of St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida to its network.
From Omaha Frontier plans to launch three weekly flights to San Diego on 16 January and the same number of flights to Los Angeles beginning on 14 February. Both routes will be operated using Embraer E-190 aircraft, and there is currently no other competition on the routes.
Seasonal service from Omaha to Florida, which was introduced by sister carrier Midwest Airlines this year, will return in 2011. Midwest and Frontier were acquired by Republic Airways Holdings in 2009. Earlier this year Republic decided to consolidate its branded operations under the Frontier name.
Three times weekly service from Omaha to Orlando will begin on 15 January, increasing to four times per week from 14 February through 16 April. Meanwhile, service to the Tampa area will shift from Tampa International to St. Peterburg/Clearwater airport when Frontier starts twice-weekly flights from 16 January through 17 April.
Flights on both routes will be operated with Embraer E-190s, and current schedules in the Innovata database indicate there is currently no nonstop competition.
In addition to the service announced today, Frontier also flies from Omaha to its Milwaukee and Denver hubs, as well as Washington-National.
Frontier also says seasonal service from Milwaukee to Tampa will be moved to St. Petersburg, with service starting 18 November. Service is currently scheduled to operate five to six times per week from 18 November to 17 April, utilising the carrier's Airbus A319 aircraft.
Schedules in the Innovata database indicate that Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways both fly nonstop to Tampa International.