Scott Ball / Rivard Report
Frontier Airlines on Tuesday announced two new nonstop flights from San Antonio International Airport – to Ontario International Airport outside Los Angeles and Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C.
The flights will provide year-round service four times a week to two vital centers of activity, the nation’s capital and the Los Angeles Basin area.
"These new direct flights represent our community's collective efforts to enhance our connectivity with other markets," said Jenna Saucedo-Herrera, president and chief executive officer of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation. "They will improve our ease of doing business and stoke the momentum that the San Antonio economy is feeling right now."
Frontier, a budget carrier, began service out of San Antonio in May 2016 with flights to Atlanta, Denver, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, and Orlando. In February, Frontier added a nonstop flight to Chicago, and in July, the airline announced six new nonstop flights set to begin in October. Year-round service to New Orleans, Phoenix, and San Diego is scheduled, along with seasonal service to Orlando, Cincinnati, and San Jose, California.
City officials have been pursuing efforts to get a nonstop flight between San Antonio and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, located close to downtown D.C. However, flights in and out of the airport are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration, and Congress would need to grant a so-called slot exemption to permit flights between Reagan and San Antonio.
Frontier's nonstop into Dulles, in Northern Virginia, joins a nonstop United flight on the same route. Frontier will be the first carrier to offer a nonstop between San Antonio and the airport in Ontario, located about 40 miles east of Los Angeles.
With the addition of the two flights and the six perviously announced, Frontier will serve 13 markets out of San Antonio.
“This is exciting news to see Frontier show even more interest in the continued prosperity of San Antonio and our surrounding region," said Russ Handy, aviation director for the City of San Antonio.
The nonstop flights to Dulles are scheduled to begin Oct. 6, and the routes to Ontario are set to commence on Oct. 13. Tickets will go on sale immediately, according to a press release from the City of San Antonio Aviation Department. For more information, visit the Frontier website here.