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Frontier Airlines ending all service to Colorado Springs

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Feb. 15, 2013 at 3:34 pm with No Comments »
February 15, 2013 3:34 pm

Don’t count on Frontier Airlines’ seasonal service from Sea-Tac to Colorado Springs this summer.

The Denver-based carrier announced today it is leaving Colorado’s second city to focus on other routes.

Frontier had spent five years trying to develop Colorado Springs as a focus city for its service as it encountered new competition at its Denver hub from Southwest Airlines.

Now the airline, which had become the city’s second largest carrier, says it is abandoning even routes that had said it would keep earlier this year. Frontier in recent times had been flying between Sea-Tac and Colorado Springs non-stop in the summer.

Colorado Springs has been ill-fated in its pursuit of airlines to use it as a hub.  Startup carrier Western Pacific Airlines used the airport as its hub from 1995 to 1997, but abandoned Colorado Springs for Denver and then went bankrupt in 1998.

Western Pacific was probably best known for planes painted as flying billboards.  The airline sold advertising rights on the planes to casinos, hotels and resorts and allowed them to paint its planes with their logos.

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