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Nov 11, 2003
Frontier Airlines Earns Flag Carrier Designation
DENVER (Nov. 11, 2003) - Frontier Airlines (Nasdaq: FRNT) today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved its application for flag carrier status, a designation that allows the airline more international flight flexibility.
Specifically, flag carrier status allows Frontier to:
Frontier representatives have spent the past six months completing the FAA's application process, which included proof of compliance with an additional 87 Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs). Frontier already serves several destinations in Mexico, including Cancun, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas; however, it has been with special authority granted by the FAA. As a flag carrier, Frontier will now enjoy increased flexibility with its international destinations, including its upcoming service to Puerto Vallarta and Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo.
"Obtaining flag carrier status is a major step for Frontier, as it enables potential international growth opportunities in the future," said Tom Nunn, vice president, aviation safety and regulatory compliance. He continued, "For more than six months, our employees have worked diligently with FAA representatives to meet their strict criteria, and both groups are to be commended for their dedication to this important project."