Frontier plans new Little Rock flights

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Republic Airways Holdings subsidiary Frontier Airlines plans to introduce new flights from its Denver hub to Little Rock, Arkansas beginning 17 November.

The carrier plans to operate Embraer E-190s on the new service, which includes one daily roundtrip with the exception of Saturdays. Frontier's latest route follows a prediction from the carrier's management during a second quarter earnings discussion that new market announcements would occur "shortly".

Schedules in the Innovata database show that Denver-Little Rock is served by United-Continental regional carrier ExpressJet with 19 times nonstop weekly service with 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft.

Frontier also plans new seasonal flights from Denver to Palm Springs, California also beginning on 17 November. The carrier is operating E-190s on the three weekly flights running through mid-May 2012.

Frontier continues competition with United-Continental on the new Palm Springs flights. US regional operator SkyWest operates 14 weekly flights in the market on behalf of its major partner with 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200s.

Other route additions planned by Frontier for the winter timetable include new seasonal nonstop flights from Des Moines, Iowa to Orlando and Tampa, Florida, and Madison, Wisconsin to Orlando. Each route is being flown twice a week with E-190s beginning 15 December through April 15.

Innovata schedules show no carrier currently serves Orlando International and Des Moines directly, but Allegiant Air offers three weekly flights to Orlando Sanford. Allegiant also flies three times weekly from Des Moines to Tampa. No carrier currently serves Madison-Orlando directly, according to the schedules.

Rounding out Frontier's winter schedule is the resumption of nonstop seasonal flights from Omaha, Nebraska to Orlando and Tampa and Milwaukee to Tampa.