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Frontier Airlines to Open Crew Bases In Phoenix and Dallas

The ultra-low-cost carrier has opened a new crew base at Phoenix with another to come at Dallas, which means new routes for both cities

by Fergus Cole

November 11, 2022

Frontier Airlines / Photo: Courtesy of Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines announced a significant network expansion with new Phoenix and Dallas-Forth Worth crew bases. On Friday, October 4, the ultra-low-cost carrier opened an all-new crew base at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), a day after it announced plans to open another base at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).

The new base at Phoenix is expected to employ over 450 crew members over the next year, including around 180 pilots and 275 flight attendants, contributing about $120 million to the local economy.

“Opening this new crew base is a clear indication of our commitment to continued growth in Phoenix,” said Jake Filene, senior vice president of customers at Frontier Airlines. “A thriving and expanding airport is vital to the city’s economic advancement, and we are thrilled to be part of that trajectory both as a service provider and major wage contributor.”

To coincide with the new base at Phoenix, Frontier has launched six new routes in and out of the Arizonan city, including daily flights to Philadelphia (PHL), Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL), Detroit (DTW), and Orange County/Santa Ana (SNA). In addition, Phoenix will also be served by four weekly flights to Cincinnati (CVG) and three weekly flights to Portland (PDX).

All these routes have already been launched. Frontier will also add six extra routes over the winter season, including services to Baltimore (BWI), Nashville (BNA), Kansas City (MCI), Seattle-Tacoma (SEA), Indianapolis (IND), and Minneapolis-Saint Paul (MSP). Once these routes have been initiated, the Denver-based airline will operate a total of 23 nonstop routes in and out of Phoenix, making it one of the most important carriers to operate in the region.

“Now more than ever consumers appreciate the value offered by our ultra-low-cost business model,” said Filene. “We look forward to bringing even more ‘Low Fares Done Right’ to Phoenix-area consumers as we deliver upon our mission to provide affordable travel across America and beyond.”

In addition to Phoenix, Frontier is set to open another new crew base at Dallas-Fort Worth in May 2023. This base will house up to 350 crew members, including 120 pilots and 220 flight attendants.

And just like Phoenix, Frontier is set to launch new routes to DFW once the crew base has opened, including daily services to New York- LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Orange County’s John Wayne Airport (SNA) from April 18 and May 21, respectively.

Frontier will also add four weekly flights to Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) from May 21 and three weekly flights to Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) from May 22. Dallas will also get a new international route operated by Frontier, with a thrice-weekly Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ) service beginning on May 22.

Frontier Airlines will operate a total of 19 routes in and out of DFW once these services have begun and will provide competition to American Airlines—the airport’s largest carrier.

Barry Biffle, president and CEO of Frontier Airlines, said added “We are thrilled to partner with the outstanding leadership at DFW to bring new jobs and meaningful economic impact to the Dallas/Fort Worth community. Opening a crew base here demonstrates our strong commitment to continued growth and expanded service.”