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May 24, 2006|
Gate Deal at DEN Lets Frontier Airlines Take Possession of Additional Six Gates on Concourse A
DENVER, May 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Frontier Airlines (NASDAQ: FRNT) announced today that as a result of an agreement reached between Denver International Airport (DIA) and United Airlines, Frontier will be able to take possession of six gates on DIA's Concourse A that are currently leased by United for its Ted operation.
Frontier currently leases 16 gates on Concourse A, and with the additional six, will operate on a total of 22 gates on Concourse A.
According to the announcement made by DIA Tuesday, UAL will give up one Concourse A gate on July 1, 2006, and a second gate when their dual loading bridge project is completed on Concourse B around the middle of November. United will then return the remaining four Concourse A gates to DIA when their Concourse B regional jet facility is completed, which is expected to be in about nine months.
"This is tremendous news for Frontier and secures DIA as Frontier's hub for its short and long-term growth," said Frontier Airlines CEO Jeff Potter. "By providing additional access to gate space on Concourse A, we will be able to maximize the efficiency of our hub operation and consider future opportunities from Denver both in terms of increased frequencies and destinations."
In addition, the new gates will help Frontier accommodate its recent purchase of new Airbus aircraft. In February, Frontier announced the firm order of six new A320 aircraft, as well as the exchange of eight existing A319 aircraft orders for four A318 and four A320 aircraft orders. The order extended Frontier's growth plan into fiscal year 2011 from its previous last delivery date of March 2008. At the end of fiscal year 2011, Frontier's fleet will consist of the following mix of aircraft: (11) A318, (49) A319 and (10) A320.
Currently in its 12th year of operations, Denver-based Frontier Airlines is the second largest jet service carrier at Denver International Airport, employing approximately 4,800 aviation professionals. With 51 aircraft and the youngest Airbus fleet in North America, Frontier offers 24 channels of DIRECTV® service in every seatback along with 33 inches of legroom in an all coach configuration. In conjunction with Frontier JetExpress operated by Horizon Air, Frontier operates routes linking its Denver hub to 56 destinations including 47 destinations in 29 states spanning the nation from coast to coast and to seven cities in Mexico. Frontier's maintenance and engineering department has received the Federal Aviation Administration's highest award, the Diamond Certificate of Excellence, in recognition of 100 percent of its maintenance and engineering employees completing advanced aircraft maintenance training programs, for seven consecutive years. In July 2005, Frontier ranked as one of the "Top 10 Domestic Airlines" as determined by readers of Travel & Leisure magazine. Frontier provides capacity information and other operating statistics on its Web site, which may be viewed at FrontierAirlines.com.
SOURCE: Frontier Airlines
CONTACT: Joe Hodas of Frontier Airlines, +1-720-374-4504,
Web site: http://www.frontierairlines.com/