Frontier announces 3 new routes from Philadelphia + increase existing routes; Orlando 6x daily
Frontier is to start three new routes from Philadelphia – Boston, Chicago O’Hare, and Phoenix – meaning it will operate 27 routes from the airport.
|Routing||Start date||Weekly frequency||Non-stop competition (WF)|
|Philadelphia – Boston||02-Jul||4, then 7 from May 2021||American Airlines (44), jetBlue (14)|
|Philadelphia – Chicago O’Hare||02-Jul||4, then 7 from May 2021||American Airlines (38) and United Airlines (29); Southwest to Chicago Midway (21)|
|Philadelphia – Phoenix||12-Nov||7||American Airlines (49), Southwest (7)|
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser and airline websites. Note: non-stop competition is based on the week Frontier will start, and for the first two new routes is impacted by coronavirus.|
Phoenix will be Frontier’s second-longest route from Philadelphia
At 3,340 kilometres, Philadelphia – Phoenix will be Frontier’s second-longest route from the Pennsylvania airport, after Las Vegas. It will compete with American Airlines between two of its hubs.
MIDT data via OAG Traffic Analyser indicates that Philadelphia – Phoenix had 62,000 indirect passengers last year.
Increases coming, while separately three routes continue into S20
In addition to these new routes, Frontier is increasing frequencies from Philadelphia to Atlanta, Miami, Orlando, and Tampa. Orlando is key. It’ll increase to 35 weekly (five daily) from November, and 42 weekly (six daily) from December. Its December increases to Miami, Orlando, and Tampa aren’t for Christmas: they continue.
|Routing||Frequency increases||Non-stop competition (WF)|
|Philadelphia – Atlanta||14 weekly from 12-Nov||Delta Air Lines (59), American Airlines (41), Southwest (20), Spirit (7)|
|Philadelphia – Miami||14 weekly from 19-Nov, 21 from 17-Dec||American Airlines (42)|
|Philadelphia – Orlando||35 weekly from 19-Nov, 42 from 17-Dec||American Airlines (49), Spirit (21), Southwest (15)|
|Philadelphia – Tampa||14 weekly from 19-Nov, 21 from 17-Dec||American Airlines (34), Spirit (7), Southwest (3)|
|Source: airline websites. Note: non-stop competition is based on the week Frontier will start.|
Meanwhile, Frontier will extend three routes – Myrtle Beach, Sarasota, and West Palm Beach – for S20.
Frontier is now a big player at Philadelphia
Frontier has grown very strongly at Philadelphia, ending last year with almost 2.5 million two-way seats – up 26% YOY and nearly a million over 2017.