LONDON – Frontier Airlines has announced that from February next year, it will pull the plug on New York Newark.
This was confirmed by the airline’s senior VP of Commercial, Daniel Shurz, in a company earnings call last week.
“As with any airport, if the fare and cost relationship improves, we will revisit the decision”.
Flight data from Cirium suggests that the airline will operate a total of 276 flights to 10 destinations from Newark next month, and will slowly begin reducing operations in January, with the last flight set for February 16.
This month was the airline’s two-year anniversary at the airport, where it originally took over slots following withdrawal from Southwest Airlines.
This decision to withdraw will of course be continuous, especially with the latest developments from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding slot constraints in the area.
Back in September, the FAA announced plans to award 16 additional daily landing slots at Newark to a single low-cost airline, in a move that is designed to implement better competition out of the airport.
The airline hasn’t been confirmed yet, but if Frontier win the slots, then it may encourage them not to pull out just yet.