Two more carriers fly into LGB; welcome Frontier Airlines, Allegiant Air

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Long Beach Airport (LGB) announced today that Frontier Airlines and Allegiant Air will begin flight service in time for the busy summer travel season. In May 2010 Frontier Airlines will offer two daily non-stop flights to Denver, CO. Allegiant Air is expected to begin service in summer 2010. The two new entrants join LGB’s other carriers, Alaska/Horizon Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways and US Airways, which currently provide non-stop flights to 14 US destinations, with connections throughout the world.

“The City of Long Beach welcomes Frontier and Allegiant Air as the two newest airline carriers to the Long Beach Airport,” said Mayor Bob Foster. “Not only will they help enhance our local economy, but they will also provide additional services benefiting our residents and visitors.”

With a focus on leisure travel, Allegiant Air emphasizes low-fares and nonstop flights to small cities or secondary airports that are close to large metropolitan areas, like Long Beach Airport. The low-cost airline is a stickler for keeping operating costs to a minimum and also subsidizes flight fees with ancillary revenues from its Allegiant Vacations affiliate which offers hotel and rental car bookings.

“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to serve Long Beach,” said Allegiant Travel Company’s Vice President of Marketing and Sales Tyri Squyres. “We anticipate starting service in mid-August and expect to make an announcement early in May.”

Frontier is the second-largest carrier at Denver International Airport—more than 95% of the flights to its 60 destinations originate or arrive at its Denver hub. The company has been consistently awarded by the FAA for the training and education given to it’s mechanics and maintenance staff. The low-fare airline flies an all-Airbus fleet.

“This is a very exciting day for Frontier Airlines as we continue to show our strong commitment to Denver,” said Daniel Shurz, Frontier’s vice president of planning and strategy, in a press release highlighting Frontier’s summer schedule. “With the delivery of three new Airbus A320s and additional E190s this spring we are able to expand our service to new and underserved markets out of Denver.”

Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske stated that, “with commercial passenger service since 1929, I am pleased Long Beach Airport will now have two more destinations to offer the community, without increasing the number of daily flights.”

Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways also requested additional slots. Each was awarded one additional flight slot, increasing their existing service capacity. The allocation of the six flight slots brings the Airport to its daily allowable limit of 41 air carrier flights.

“LGB’s vision is to deliver above our customer’s expectations,” said Mario Rodriguez, Long Beach Airport Director. “To that end, the airport is pleased to announce that our customers, our community, tourists and travelers alike, will be able to enjoy more destinations.”

The addition of the new service follows Long Beach Airport’s earlier announcement that the total number of airline passengers in 2009 remained stable at just under 3 million. A total of 2,909,307 passengers traveled through LGB in 2009, only a 0.2 percent decline from 2008. This is in contrast to neighboring airports LAX, John Wayne and Ontario International, which showed declines in excess of 5 percent in total passengers for the second straight year.

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