Frontier Back in New England after Four-Year Absence

Frontier Airlines will launch flights between Denver and Hartford, Conn., marking its return to the New England region after a four-year absence.

At the same time, the carrier will pull its one daily flight between Denver and Baltimore, where fares have dropped precipitously since Southwest Airlines began flying the route earlier this year.

The two moves are not related, Frontier spokesman Joe Hodas said.

The new service between Denver International Airport and Bradley International Airport in Hartford is scheduled to start March 2. Denver-based Frontier will fly the route using an Airbus A319 aircraft featuring live TV in each seat.

The homegrown carrier once offered service to Boston but yanked the flights in 2002, saying the route wasn't as profitable as expected. It also complained of facility problems at Logan International Airport. Frontier's new flight to Hartford, which is about 100 miles from Boston, will be the only nonstop service on the route.

"This gives Denver travelers some nice access to New England," Hodas said. Travelers in Hartford also can connect to dozens of Western U.S. cities and several destinations in Mexico via Denver.

Frontier will cancel its daily red- eye flight to Baltimore on Jan. 8. The carrier, which has several daily flights into nearby Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, said demand on the route was solid but that competitive pressures kept fares too low.

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