Frontier Airlines prepares for Inaugural flight from LGB

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frontier airlines long beach airportThe Long Beach Airport currently serves 14 nonstop markets, including San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York City, Boston, and Washington D.C. That number is about to go up. Beginning Friday, May 14, Frontier will connect passengers to LGB’s 15th destination, Denver, CO, which brings more than seven new destinations in the United States, Mexico, and Costa Rica.

“The City of Long Beach welcomes Frontier Airlines as the Long Beach Airport’s newest business partner,” said Mayor Bob Foster.  “The Denver connection will open Long Beach to more leisure and business travelers looking for the perfect escape or ideal business location.”

Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske noted that, “it’s wonderful that after 87-years of service, Daugherty Field is still connecting passengers to exciting Southern California attractions and all Long Beach has to offer.”

The Long Beach Airport (LGB) invites the public to attend a celebration this Friday commemorating the inaugural flight of Frontier Airlines.  

A short program featuring Frontier Airlines’ Vice President of Strategy and Planning Daniel Shurz, Mayor Bob Foster, Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske and Airport Director Mario Rodriguez will commence at 10:30 a.m., immediately followed by a refreshment reception in the North Baggage Claim area outside the historic terminal.  Parking validation will be available for all event attendees.

“Frontier’s 73 destinations provide a wealth of new locations to better serve our passengers’ business and leisure travel needs throughout the United States, Mexico and Costa Rica,” said Airport Director Mario Rodriguez.  “Attracting a new air carrier amidst this tumultuous time in the aviation industry speaks to our fiscal solvency and prime market position.”

LGB is excited to welcome another customer service-minded airline partner to Daugherty Field.  Frontier will operate Embraer E190 aircraft, which boast six-foot, seven-inch tall cabins that are nine feet wide.  This arrangement provides wider seats for passengers and a larger aisle that enables faster boarding and deplaning, as well easier movement for passengers, cabin crew and service carts during flight.  Frontier’s E190 aircraft features four rows of STRETCH seating, which provides an additional five inches of comfortable legroom, and will feature Gogo® inflight internet service by the end of 2010.

“We are so pleased to provide the only nonstop service to Denver from Long Beach Airport,” said Daniel Shurz, vice president of strategy and planning.  “Our Long Beach customers can now enjoy Frontier’s unmatched customer service and affordable fares while traveling to Denver and connecting to our more than 70 destinations across the United States, Mexico and Costa Rica.”

Just as Frontier focuses on affordability, flexibility, accommodating passengers, and providing comfortable trips, LGB is in the midst of enhancing the passenger experience via the multi-year Airport Modernization Plan (AMP).  Launched in 2009, AMP includes four components: a new passenger concourse, new parking structure, air carrier ramp upgrades and modernization of the historic terminal.  Long Beach Airport will invest $200 million over the next three years into landside and airside capital improvements, which will support 1,000 jobs while providing better customer service to our passengers and airline partners.

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