Republic Airways Holdings subsidiary Frontier Airlines announced today that it will inaugurate service between Kansas City, Missouri, and Austin, Texas on 18 November
Frontier plans to operate Embraer E-170s six times per week on the new pairing.
The announcement marks a return to the market for Republic. In 2007, Midwest Airlines launched service on the route using Bombardier CRJ200s operated by SkyWest Airlines under the Midwest Connect brand name. Service was eliminated the following year. Midwest was acquired by Republic Airways in June 2009.
ExpressJet airlines also had a presence in the market when it operated under its own name beginning in 2007, but also dropped the route later in 2008.
While there are currently no carriers with nonstop service between the two cities, Southwest Airlines operates one-stop flights in both directions, according to the Innovata database.