Frontier Airlines will launch a new service to Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, entering another market that AirTran Airways plans to withdraw from later this year.
Frontier will begin thrice-weekly service between Orlando and Bloomington-Normal from 25 May, using Airbus A319 aircraft. Southwest Airlines subsidiary AirTran currently operates on the route, but it plans to withdraw from Bloomington-Normal in June as Southwest and AirTran consolidate their networks.
Yesterday, Frontier said it will launch flights from Orlando to Allentown and Harrisburg in Pennsylvania from May. Both routes are also current AirTran routes which the airline plans to abandon in August.
"Frontier already offers point-to-point service from Orlando, and we're excited to build on the success of that service by expanding to 10 the number of destinations we serve nonstop from Orlando International airport," said David Siegel, president and chief executive officer of Frontier.
Separately, Frontier said it will change its seasonal Orlando-Madison service to year-round, and increase capacity on the route by switching from a 99-seat Embraer E190 to a 138-seat A319. It will operate on the route twice weekly from 27 May.