On 12 October Frontier Airlines commenced its first operations to Ontario with a three times weekly service from Austin and a daily route from Denver. The following day, a four times weekly link from San Antonio was also inaugurated. Seen welcoming Frontier Airlines to the Californian city by speaking at a press event is Ontario Airport CEO Mark Thorpe.
Austin Airport celebrated the launch of Frontier Airlines flights to Ontario with the colourful cake. A ribbon cutting was also conducted to officially open the route, with the proceedings being carried out by: Walter Zaykowski from the Austin Chamber of Commerce; Jackie Peter, VP Labour Relations, Frontier Airlines; and Jim Halbrook, Public Information & Marketing Manager, Austin Airport. Frontier will operate the 1,922-kilometre route three times weekly.
- Frontier Airlines introduced Ontario (ONT) to its network on 12 October, starting a three times weekly link from Austin (AUS) and a daily rotation from Denver (DEN). The following day the ULCC then commenced a four times weekly service from San Antonio (SAT). Both 1,922- and 1,872-kilometre links from the Texan cities will be flown by the carrier’s A320 fleet, while the 1,315-kilometre connection from the Colorado capital will see A319 operations. Mark Thorpe, CEO of Ontario Airport, said at the inaugural flight from Austin, which had a flight number of F9 1923: “Our headquarters, on the other side of the airport, are on 1923 East Avion. I take that as a sign of very good luck. I think we’re going to have more than just good luck, we’re going to have a very successful operation here by Frontier.” Of the new route trio, only Denver services will face direct competition, with United Airlines and Southwest Airlines both operating 13 weekly flights on the airport pair. Ontario becomes Frontier’s fifth destination in California, with the carrier already serving Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and San Francisco. See how Ontario Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.