Frontier Airlines will begin non-stop service from Savannah/Hilton Head International airport to Denver and Philadelphia this spring, the company announced Thursday.
Service will begin in May, and flights are available for purchase now at flyfrontier.com with introductory fares as low as $39 each way.
“We’re expanding by about 20 percent every year, and we’re always looking for markets that we think would respond well to our low fares done right and Savannah is a fantastic destination. We’re already flying to this part of the country, but we really saw an opportunity here,” said Jonathan Freed, director Corporate Communications for Frontier Airlines, who made the announcement alongside members of the Savannah Airport Commission during a press conference Thursday morning.
“There’s no non-stop service from (Savannah) to Denver, and we’re now taking you as far west as you can get and we’re going to be the only low-cost carrier flying to Philadelphia and we think that’s a great start,” Freed said.
Greg Kelly, executive director of the airport commission, said getting non-stop service to Denver, which is a top target market, has been a top priority for the airport team for several years.
“We appreciate Frontier’s decision to bring this connection to our airport and our region, and we will work hard with them to make sure it’s successful,” Kelly said.
“We’re also pleased to have additional service to Philadelphia, and we believe it will be very successful as well.”
Visit Savannah President Joseph Marinelli said the new flights will help open new markets that the organization hasn’t been able to reach before.
“As it relates to Denver, it opens new markets for us and gives us the opportunity to market to folks we haven’t been able to reach in the past, so that’ll be fun for us,” he said.
“Philadelphia is a market that we do very well in with a lot of visitors coming from the northeast… now providing low-cost, non-stop service to Philadelphia is racking up. For visitation it’s good, and the opportunity to reach new people is good as well.”
Service to Denver will be offered on Mondays and Fridays and Philadelphia flights will be offered on Tuesdays and Fridays and Freed said he hopes the low cost fares will help connect people in person by making it easier to fly more often.
“Whether you can fly and visit your grandmother on her birthday or you can actually travel and close that deal in person rather than just doing it virtually, it really makes a difference and we’re really proud that because of the way we work we’re able to let more and more people do exactly that,” Freed said.
On the web
For more information about Frontier Airlines or to book a flight, go to www.flyfrontier.com