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post #31 of 34
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Those are good fares.  You do know that Frontier is now owned by Spirit and your chance of actually getting to Denver for that price is slim.


My understanding is that a private equity firm bought Frontier.  That firm is headed by people who used to work for Spirit but no longer do.  So I don't think the two airlines will merge, share policies or anything like that. 

 

http://www.foxbusiness.com/industries/2013/10/01/frontier-airlines-sold-for-10m-to-firm-led-by-former-spirit-airlines-exec/

 

 

I've never flown Spirit but I fly all the airlines a lot including Frontier.  I prefer SW airlines but Frontier has worked well for me including a ski trip as recently as May.  (with checked skis arriving as scheduled every time)

post #32 of 34

My bad, Franke sold his 12,000,000 shares in Spirit in August and then bought Frontier. I thought he was still calling the shots at Spirit.

The low cost model was his and will continue at Frontier.

 

Frontier was just OK.   I think their pilots union screwed up big time, by nixing the deal with Southwest, in favor of Republic. 

I'm not sure they'll survive operating a hub and spoke out of Denver with the competition from United/Southwest and that's why you see some really low fares from them at times.

post #33 of 34
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Frontier was just OK.   I think their pilots union screwed up big time, by nixing the deal with Southwest, in favor of Republic. 

 

 

Yep.   I've got a couple friends who fly for Frontier.  They were irrationally (IMO) anti-Southwest forever, and now they are flying for an even lower cost model!   At least they still have jobs, and they are grateful for that.  And, it's good for skiers Frontier is surviving to keep prices into DIA rock bottom.

post #34 of 34
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And, it's good for skiers Frontier is surviving to keep prices into DIA rock bottom.

Agreed.  If only a second carrier would put a hub in SLC and drive those prices down.

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