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Frontier Airlines is here!
4/24/2008 By: Bob Anderson
Flights to Denver are now more frequent, and cheaper, now that Frontier Airlines has arrived in Durango.
On Tuesday, the Durango La Plata County Airport and Frontier Airlines celebrated inaugural service to Denver. Festivities included a water cannon salute to the new Bombardier Q400 aircraft and a welcoming ceremonial dance by the native dance group Shadow Wind of Ignacio. The Q400 aircraft is operated by Lynx Aviation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Frontier Airlines.
It was fitting that the new service began on Earth Day because the Q400 is a green machine, Frontier officials said. The Q400 (Q for quiet) sets new standards for environmental protection for an aircraft of its class. Its noise levels are considerably quieter than other prop airplanes for ramp operations and takeoff.
The Q ship burns approximately half of the fuel of a comparably sized jet and is almost as fast. The Bombardier Q400 is the best aircraft available for commuter operations in the Rocky Mountains, said Tom Nun, president of Lynx Aviation
“This is an efficient and fast aircraft, 414 mph at cruise, which translates to about an hour flight to Denver,” he said. “The cabin will impress our frequent flyers. Not only is it quiet on the outside, but the cabin boasts an active noise and vibration reduction system that is very effective.
There is headroom of 6’2 ˝” in the aisles, overhead bins that will hold a full-size roller suitcase, wide seats, and more windows for viewing.
Frontier operations are in the C concourse of Denver International Airport. This concourse has a sky bridge that is connected to the main terminal that passes over an active taxiway. This gives travelers an alternative to taking the train and a way to stretch the legs, or ride the escalator and entertain the kids. Another good feature is its own security section that will let you bypass the crowded security in the main concourse.
Frontier filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on April 10, but is continuing its flight and reservations service, including the expansion into Durango.
Round-price ticket prices from Durango to Denver range in cost from $200 to $300, depending on reservation dates. With Frontier’s arrival, United Airlines’ fares fell from several hundred dollars for a round-trip flight to fares comparable to Frontier’s.
Frontier flights depart Durango at 10:27 a.m., 3:57 p.m. and 7:39 p.m. Flights come in from Denver at 9:57 a.m., 3:27 p.m. and 7:09 p.m.
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