Frontier Airlines is returning flights between Sioux City, Iowa, and Denver, Colorado, today, after cancelling the route in 2008 when the company filed Chapter 11. Last year, Frontier was purchased by Indigo Partners, which provides low-cost air transportation.
Frontier spokeswoman Tyri Squyres says the airline is returning because it believes Sioux City has a strong market for leisure and business travel.
“In the U.S., there’s a definitely room for true low-cost service,” Squyres says. “In the European market, it’s much more competitive and there are a variety of offerings in low-cost air travel that in the U.S. we just frankly don’t have yet.”
Frontier, which is based in Denver, will be Sioux Gateway’s second airline. American Airlines flies from Sioux City to Chicago daily.
The Sioux City-to-Denver service will be different from the flights offered six years ago. Instead of a small turboprop aircraft, Frontier will now use a bigger plane, an Airbus 319.
“We have found a much more successful model in a lower frequency — three times a week — with a larger aircraft, with approximately 138 seats a flight. So, by adding more seats, we can offer lower fares,” Squyres said.
The first Sioux City to Denver flight is scheduled for take off at 6:40 A-M.