Frontier DIA to Vancouver Service Will Take off in May

Frontier Airlines announced Tuesday it will start service between Denver and Vancouver, British Columbia, the carrier's second destination in Canada.

The move is part of Frontier's strategy to expand international routes, where it faces less competition than in the crowded U.S. market. Frontier already has carved a sizable niche in Mexico and now offers service to eight cities there.

The carrier launched flights to its first destination in Canada - Calgary, Alberta - in May and has indicated it will continue to add new cities.

On Tuesday, Frontier said it will offer one daily nonstop flight each way between Denver and Vancouver on an Airbus A319 plane. The service starts May 5, in time for the peak cruise season between Vancouver and Alaska.

Frontier will allow passengers traveling from Vancouver to connect in Denver to 22 other cities in the U.S. and four Mexico destinations.

The Denver-based carrier is offering introductory fares of $109 each way, with round-trip purchase and not including taxes and some fees.

Frontier will compete on the route primarily against United Airlines, which offers two daily flights from Denver to Vancouver. A nonstop flight on United over a weekend in May is selling for more than $700, according to several online travel sites. Frontier has a fare on the same dates for $332.47.

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