Frontier to return daily Denver service, cut Atlanta service at MEM
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
MEMPHIS, TN (June 29, 2016) – Frontier Airlines will adjust its air service offerings at Memphis International Airport (MEM) this fall, cutting its three-day-per-week Memphis-Atlanta flight but returning its Memphis-Denver flight to daily frequency.
The Memphis-Atlanta flight will cease on September 4, 2016, while the daily service between MEM and Denver International Airport (DEN) resumes on August 12, 2016. The MEM-DEN flight currently operates four times weekly.
Memphis is one of 12 cities that will lose Atlanta service, according the airline. The airline cited low passenger demand as the determining factor to end the service in Memphis.
“We are disappointed to lose a route that added competition to one of our most popular destinations,” said Scott Brockman, President and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. “A primary goal of our air service recruitment is to provide options for our passengers. While these three weekly flights apparently did not create enough demand, we remain steadfast in our relentless pursuit of frequent and affordable air service. We will continue to work to add destinations and frequencies.”
The Denver flight has traditionally been very popular at MEM, with occupancy as high as 89 percent. The return of daily Denver service will actually increase Frontier’s total number of available seats despite the end of MEM-ATL service, due to its use of larger Airbus A320 aircraft.
Brockman added, “The positive development in these service changes is the return to daily service of one of our most popular flights, Frontier’s MEM-DEN service. These flights are routinely full, and this should be welcome news to westbound passengers.”