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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Frontier Airline Announces Scheduled Flight Between Provo-Denver

The city of Provo is just 40 miles south of Salt Lake International Airport, and so its airport has been slow getting scheduled flights from major airlines. But that will change in June, when Frontier begins daily flights between Provo and Denver.

The announcement was made today by Provo's mayor and Frontier executives. The Salt Lake Tribune has this article about the announcement. Below are excerpts.

The seven-days-a-week service starts June 20, Daniel Shurz, Frontier’s vice president of strategy and planning, said Wednesday.

"Obviously, with the population in Utah Valley increasing, we see the demographics as very favorable. We want to take advantage of that," he added.

Utah County is one of the fastest-growing in the U.S. With a population of more than 500,000, its population was up more than 40 percent from 2000. By contrast, the state’s population increased 25 percent in the same period, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Frontier’s Shurz said the proximity of Utah County to Salt Lake City International, where Delta Air Lines maintains its western-most U.S. hub, isn’t the big drawback to operating a profitable Provo-to-DIA route that some might think.

Frontier also won’t cut the number of daily flights between Salt Lake City International Airport and DIA. In fact, the carrier plans to start a sixth daily flight between the two airports on June 6, Shurz said.

Utah County’s business community has asked for years why commercial airline service isn’t available in Provo. (Provo Municipal Airport manager Steve) Gleason said the city occasionally saw interest on the part of airlines, but nothing ever came of it until last year.

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