Frontier seeks to use own metal on Mexico flights

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Low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines has applied for Department of Transportation (DOT) approval to operate its own aircraft between Denver and Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo in Mexico, after codesharing seasonally on flights operated by Republic Airlines.

Frontier hopes to begin the flights on or around 9 February 2013, it says in the DOT filing. "Frontier believes that unused US airline designations are available for this route," it adds.

A Frontier spokeswoman says the airline has been codesharing on Republic's flights, operated with Embraer E-190 aircraft for Frontier. Being able to operate its own Airbus A320 family aircraft on the flights would give the airline more flexibility, she adds.

No airline currently operates non-stop between Denver and Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo on a scheduled basis, schedules in Innovata show.