Frontier Airlines set to become #2 at Washington Dulles Airport; launching 14 routes by mid-September, faces United on 10

Announcing Frontier Airlines’ plans to launch 14 routes from Washington Dulles International Airport between mid-August and mid-September was Daniel Shurz, the airline’s SVP Commercial. Also making a speech to mark the occasion was Jack Potter, President and CEO, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. By October Frontier Airlines will be the second largest airline (in terms of seat capacity) at the airport, and Dulles will become the airline’s second biggest base, although a long, long way behind its Denver operation.

Last week’s announcement that Frontier Airlines would launch 14 new routes from Washington Dulles International Airport between 19 August and 15 September, will result in the Denver-based carrier becoming the second biggest carrier at the airport based on seat capacity. The new services, each served with between three and seven weekly flights, will face direct competition from United Airlines on 10 of them, with Delta Air Lines and US Airways also providing head-to-head competition on some routes.

Launch Date Destination WF Competition (WF)
19 August Atlanta, GA (ATL) 6 Delta Air Lines (49), United Airlines (27)
19 August Orlando, FL (MCO) 7 United Airlines (28)
20 August Charlotte, NC (CLT) 5 US Airways (54), United Airlines (21)
20 August Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (MSP) 6 Delta Air Lines (20), United Airlines (13)
21 August Tampa, FL (TPA) 4 United Airlines (20)
8 September Cincinnati, OH (CVG) 4 United Airlines (7)
8 September Detroit, MI (DTW) 6 Delta Air Lines (32), United Airlines (19)
8 September Las Vegas, NV (LAS) 4 United Airlines (14)
8 September Memphis, TN (MEM) 4
8 September St. Augustine, FL (UST) 5
8 September St. Louis, MO (STL) 3 United Airlines (27)
9 September Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) 4
9 September Fort Myers, FL (RSW) 4
15 September Chicago O’Hare, IL (ORD) 6 United Airlines (53)
Source: Frontier Airlines and Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 6 October 2014.

The airline’s 68 weekly departures by the end of September, using its 168-seat A320s, will mean that Frontier will be offering over 11,000 weekly departing seats from the airport, or around 4% of the airport’s total, well behind United Airlines which accounts for around 65% of seat capacity, but marginally more than Delta is currently offering.

Based on currently available schedule data, Dulles will become Frontier’s second biggest base of operation (after Denver) with a similar number of movements to its new Trenton operation, but offering more seats through its use of larger A320s, rather than the A319s which are used at Trenton.

What they said

Daniel Shurz, Frontier’s SVP Commercial, said: “Customers who fly Frontier from Dulles International Airport will love our jaw dropping prices and our friendly service. As well, we’ll be using the convenient on-terminal Z gates. At Frontier, we are committed to offering customers Low Fares Done Right and that means offering choices and friendly service. Customers can easily choose what is important to them and optimize their travel experience for the comfort and value they seek.”

Jack Potter, President and CEO, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, said: “The addition of Frontier to the Dulles family represents a significant, positive development for passengers interested in additional low cost, domestic travel options to and from the National Capital region. Today’s announcement of service to 14 destinations coincides perfectly with the other amazing changes taking place at Dulles — enhanced parking options, spacious concourse makeovers and new food, beverage and retail options coming throughout the year. With the Washington area economy growing and the Metrorail Silver Line on the way, Dulles will continue to fill the expanding air travel needs for the region and these new options from Frontier will play an important role. We welcome Frontier aboard.”


  1. Peter Gordon says:

    You might get away with a four flights per week to a leisure destination such as Fort Myers but are the frequencies adequate for the business traveller on some of the routes? I rather suspect not and Frontier will have to increase frequencies to places such as Chicago in order to be competitive. It may have been better to start on fewer routes with more frequencies.

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