Frontier Airlines will discontinue service to two cities in the Central Valley of California. The carrier’s flights to Bakersfield will end on November 30, while service to Fresno will end on January 5. Frontier serves both cities from its main hub in Denver.
“Both cities performed as expected, but did not show the strength that would indicate year-round service,” Frontier spokesman Todd Lehmacher said. The Fresno Bee. “The possibility exists for a return in the summer of 2015, but nothing has been finalized yet.”
The road closures come as Frontier has started a rapid build-up of several new bases or target towns in recent months. These include Cincinnati, where Frontier recently set a single-day sales record, and Washington Dulles, where Frontier added 18 new routes. The carrier has also expanded to several destinations from other airports, including Cleveland, Chicago O’Hare and Phoenix.
As for the California highways that will soon end, Frontier’s Jan. 5 pullout from Fresno continues an intermittent relationship with the city. Frontier left Fresno in 2007 after two years serving the city. The carrier returned in May 2013, according to the Bee. the Fresno-Yosemite International Airport – airport code “FAT” – is located approximately 150 miles south of San Jose, California, and approximately 220 miles north of Los Angeles. Frontier’s withdrawal comes even as the airport says passenger numbers are up for record year.
Bakersfield Field of meadows – airport code “BFL” – is located approximately 120 miles from downtown Los Angeles. Frontier’s exit will not come until six months after the start of its flight from the airport, according to KERO TV of Bakersfield.
However, Bakersfield will retain direct service to Denver. United offers two daily round-trip flights on the route. United flights are operated by SkyWest, a subsidiary of United Express, aboard 50-seat Bombardier CRJ-200 regional jets.