Travelers won’t break the bank flying from Wichita to Denver anymore.
Frontier Airlines returns to Wichita today, with lower air fares.
The airline’s flight operates Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The flight leaves Wichita at 6 p.m. and arrives in Denver at 6:39 p.m. The returning flight from Denver departs at 2:40 p.m., arriving in Wichita at 5:09 p.m.
Prior to today’s service launch, United Airlines was the only airline offering nonstop service from Wichita to Denver.
KSN compared Frontier and United flights, leaving from Wichita on September 6 and coming back September 9.
According to the airlines’ websites, Frontier’s roundtrip flight cost $156.40, while United’s roundtrip flight cost $405 (as of 5 a.m.).
Wichita’s airport marketing manager Valerie Wise said high fares to Denver have been “crippling” to business travelers.
“They have had meetings elsewhere because it’s too expensive to fly here (Wichita),” Wise explained. “They’ve either had to drive instead of fly, or some are flying out of Salina.”
For the leisure traveler, the high fares have also caused them to drive instead of fly.
According to Wise, the low-cost fares should bring more economic opportunities to the city.
Third time’s the charm?
This isn’t the first time Frontier has offered service at Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.
Frontier had routes from Wichita in the early 2000’s, leaving in 2012.
Wise said, when that happened, fares went up by 109-percent and passenger traffic decreased by 54-percent.
Now that Frontier is back at the Wichita airport, Wise believes traffic will increase and fars will continue to stay low.
“We want people to understand that we want to keep our fares low, and we’ll need to support our carrier,” said Wise. “We want low fares to Denver? We need to fill Frontier’s plane.”