Frontier Airlines announced Tuesday it will begin nonstop jet service from Burlington to the Mile High City.
The discount carrier said flights will begin May 1, operating on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.
“Denver, because of the EPIC (Vail Resorts ski) pass and the Stowe relationship, is something that has been really important to Vermonters,” said BTV Aviation Director Gene Richards. “So to get that news today was just amazing.”
The carrier, which will fly Airbus 320 jets to Denver, advertises “low fares done right.”
An ultra-low initial price is, however, accompanied by a range of add-on charges for those who check a bag, use the overhead bin for a carry-on, want a reserved seat or who order a soda during the flight.
Still, Vermonters with family connections out west were thrilled.
“Our son lives in Denver,” said Mary Wasserman, of Rutland. “It’s always been a trip and now we’ll get right there. That’s wonderful!”
Base fares also often fluctuate up and down. Introductory one-way fares from BTV to Denver in May are listed as $79 if purchased online.
Denver will be the 12th airport with direct service from BTV and the longest nonstop flight.
Airport officials also report a resurgence in passenger traffic at Burlington.
In 2018, 674,926 passengers boarded a plane at BTV. That’s up 14 percent from 2017 and represents the fastest growth since 2003, airport officials told NBC5 News.
Frontier’s new ticket counter is now under construction inside the terminal. The carrier begins previously announced nonstop flights to Orlando on Feb. 9 and has recently added a Thursday flight in addition to Wednesday and Saturday service.
Richards said Frontier has seen very strong ticket sales from Burlington to Orlando and has great confidence in the Queen City.
“With this announcement, Frontier has now announced 44 new routes for 2019 all across the USA,” said Daniel Shurz, senior vice president, commercial for Frontier Airlines. “We continue to make air travel more accessible and affordable and we look forward to making it easier for more people to fly, and for people to fly more often.”
Frontier also announced new nonstop flights to Denver from Boston, Billings, Green Bay and Mobile.
Frontier was recently ranked last of all airlines in a passenger customer service survey.
Earlier this month, Frontier suggested passengers should tip its flight attendants.
JetBlue, American, United, and Delta also offer flights to Burlington.