Frontier Airlines to open Cleveland Hopkins International Airport base

A Frontier Airlines A321neo parked on the tarmac.
Photo Credit: Aviation Capital group

Frontier Airlines [NASDAQ: ULCC] has set its sights on Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), unveiling plans for a new crew base scheduled to take flight in March 2024.

This initiative is poised to redefine the airline’s presence in the region, promising not just a boost in connectivity but a substantial economic updraft for the local community.

Frontier’s Phenomenal Growth

Frontier Airlines has been on an impressive trajectory at CLE, marking a 53 percent surge in passenger capacity over the past year.

As of this winter, the airline boasts an extensive network of 17 nonstop routes from CLE, surpassing all competitors in the region.

The upcoming crew base is not just about expanding wings but about fostering economic prosperity. Frontier envisions the employment of up to 110 pilots, 250 flight attendants, and 50 aircraft maintenance personnel within the inaugural year.

When combined with airport positions, this move is expected to inject nearly $80 million annually into the local economy through wages.


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Ultra-Low Fares from Cleveland CLE

To commemorate this significant milestone, Frontier, known as America’s Greenest Airline, is offering ultra-low fares from CLE starting at $29.

Barry Biffle, the CEO of Frontier Airlines, expressed his excitement about partnering with the Cleveland community.

He emphasized the positive impact the crew base would have on flight operations and underscored Frontier’s commitment to continued growth at CLE.

Photo Credits: Frontier Airlines

Cleveland Mayor Justin M. Bibb shared his gratitude for Frontier’s confidence in the Cleveland market, recognizing the announcement as a catalyst for significant economic growth.

The Mayor highlighted the multifaceted value that comes with a new crew base, solidifying Frontier as a key player in shaping the city’s economic landscape.

Director of Port Control, Bryant L. Francis, C.M., acknowledged Frontier’s pivotal role in rebuilding and redefining CLE’s market over the last nine years.

He emphasized that the crew base announcement further cements Frontier’s position as an indispensable member of the Northeast Ohio business community.


Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the airline operates 134 A320 family aircraft and has the largest A320neo family fleet in the U.S.

The use of these aircraft, along with Frontier’s high-density seating configuration and weight-saving initiatives, have contributed to Frontier’s continued ability to be the most fuel-efficient of all major U.S. carriers when measured by ASMs per fuel gallon consumed.

The airline currently has more than 210 new Airbus planes on order.

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