With a new security system in place, vending machines installed and extra chairs in the waiting area, the New Castle Airport is ready to accommodate the first commercial passengers scheduled for takeoff through Frontier Airlines on Monday.
Delaware Governor Jack Markell as well as state and local officials joined representatives from Frontier at the airport Wednesday to officially cut the ribbon on the partnership which was announced in April.
Beginning July 1, three flights a week will head to Chicago and Houston, two flights a week will go to Tampa and Orlando and four flights a week will go to the airline’s hometown of Denver, Colo.
Daniel Shurz, vice president of commercial activities for Frontier announced the airline will also provide services from New Castle to Ft. Myers, Fla. beginning November 16.
He added that tickets for Ft. Myers are on sale now at a special rate of $49 until June 29.
Governor Jack Markell said he’s excited about the partnership and encouraged Delawareans to “fly Frontier.”
“In the end, they’re making an investment here and anytime a new business starts in a new market, it means they’re putting something at risk and so whether or not they’re successful depends upon us more than it depends upon them,” said Markell. “We know they’re a great airline, and they fly really nice airplanes so what we’ve got to do is make sure we’re flying.”
During the ribbon cutting ceremony, state and local officials had the opportunity to tour the 168-passenger A-320 aircraft that will be flying in and out of Delaware.
Scott Green, executive director of the Delaware River and Bay Authority, said the airport is ready to show off its accommodations and provide a convenient alternative to large commercial airports.
“When people come starting Monday, they’re going to find not only a fabulous airline partner, but the people of the River and Bay Authority, the people here at the airport ready to serve customers a great airline experience, and frankly, the people of Delaware ready to welcome visitors from all around the country,” said Green.
Shurz said if all goes well, Frontier could add more destinations.
“If we see the right demand, absolutely we will expand service,” said Shurz. “We believe there’s great potential in this market. We believe there’s a big opportunity. We provide the airplane, we provide the flights, you buy the tickets [and] it works wonderfully.”
The first Frontier flight will head to Chicago on Monday morning.