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Jun 20, 2003
Frontier Airlines Announces it Will Transfer El Paso Maintenance Functions to Denver Hub and Phoenix
Denver (June 20, 2003) Frontier Airlines (Nasdaq: FRNT) today announced plans to transfer the maintenance functions performed on the airlines Boeing aircraft in El Paso, Texas to its Denver hub and Phoenix remain overnight (RON) service area, effective Aug. 30, 2003. Frontier began performing RON functions in El Paso in Feb. 1995. The closure comes as the airline continues its transition to an all-Airbus fleet, and as the airline increases its overnight maintenance work at its Denver hub and its Phoenix RON maintenance service area. The airlines 10 maintenance and engineering El Paso-based employees will have the opportunity to fill positions in both of those cities.
Vice President of Maintenance and Engineering Ron McClellan said, We are extremely grateful for the efforts of our El Paso employees. These are highly competent and loyal Frontier employees, most of whom have been with Frontier since its early days. We look forward to welcoming their expertise and experience to our Phoenix and Denver maintenance service areas. After continued analysis and with fewer Boeing aircraft in our fleet it simply no longer makes sense to keep overnight maintenance in El Paso. By moving these functions to Phoenix and Denver, we further streamline our aircraft maintenance, reducing costs and improving the efficiency of our operation.
The maintenance base closure is not expected to affect the airlines flight schedule to El Paso, which currently operates one daily flight to the airlines Denver hub with one-stop service through Albuquerque, New Mexico. Frontiers lease of approximately 2,300 square feet for its maintenance base at El Paso International Airport expires on Aug. 31, 2007, and Frontier is currently exploring opportunities to sublease the space.