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Sep 20, 2001
Frontier Airlines Operating 80 Percent of its Flights
DENVER (Sept. 20, 2001) - Frontier Airlines (Nasdaq: FRNT ) today announced it has resumed approximately 80 percent of its flight schedule, and is operating at an approximate 90 percent on-time rate. The airline began consolidating flights, due to low passenger volume, after resuming operations on Sept. 18, and plans to continue operating at 80 percent of its schedule into the future. Passengers holding confirmation on flights which have been cancelled after Oct. 1, 2001 will be contacted by a Frontier reservation agent for re-accommodation.
"We are pleased that our reduced operation is functioning on-time," said Frontier President and COO Jeff Potter. "Our employees have stepped up to the task of implementing new security measures and assuming additional responsibilities in light of the recent layoffs we regrettably had to implement. As we move forward, we will continue to work hard to do our part to restore America’s confidence in air travel."
"Safety and security are foremost in our minds and we are in full compliance with all Federal Aviation Regulations," said Frontier Vice President of Customer Service and Station Operations Mike Bowers. "We have also initiated our own security initiatives, and while the new security measures take a little more time than in the past, we are finding that the wait times are not nearly as long as anticipated. Specifically, at our Denver hub we are finding that the new procedures are only adding approximately 10 minutes to our passengers’ check-in process. Also, due to our location on the A concourse, passengers can walk across the bridge to the concourse and use the convenient A concourse security checkpoint. We are currently recommending that Frontier passengers check in one and one-half to two hours prior to their departure."
The airline also announced today that it would be eliminating most of its on-board snack service. Previously the airline served light snacks on its flights. “New security measures have added an extra burden on security to clear the catering trucks and personnel. By eliminating this service, we will be able to further streamline our boarding process and improve our on-time performance,” explained Bowers.
Denver-based Frontier Airlines is the second largest jet service carrier at Denver International Airport, serving 23 cities coast to coast with a fleet of 27 aircraft and employing approximately 2,200 aviation professionals. In June 2001, BusinessWeek ranked Frontier 14th on its list of Hot Growth Companies and in September 2001, Fortune magazine ranked Frontier 41st on its 100 Fastest Growing Companies list. Frontier provides capacity and other data and industry comparisons on its Web site, which may be viewed at www.frontierairlines.com.