Frontier Flights Back On At New Castle County Airport, First Flights In November

Earlier this month Frontier Airlines said that it had indefinitely postponed plans to return to New Castle Air Service this May due to the COID-19 outbreak.

This morning Jame Salmon, a  spokesman for the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA),  said that according to Google Flights, the first day of Frontier ILG service will now be Thursday, November 12th and will be flown with a larger 180 seat Airbus A320 and is now bookable on Frontier’s site.

Operates on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday (service starts 11/12/2020)
AIRBUS A320 w/ 180 seats
Frontier flight 1254 MCO-ILG
Departs MCO 10:55 AM
Arrives ILG 1:15 PM
Frontier flight 1255 ILG-MCO
Departs ILG 2:00 PM
Arrives MCO 4:39 PM

It’s obviously good news and a positive development for the Airport and the community it serves said Salmon. We really look forward to that first flight. The airport is operated by the DRBA,

At the end of January, the low-fare carrier announced its return to Wilmington – New Castle Airport (ILG) with new nonstop service to Orlando beginning right in time for the busy summer travel season. 

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“We’re thrilled to bring our unique brand of low fares and friendly service to Wilmington – New Castle Airport and offer the only commercial service from Delaware,” said Daniel Shurz, senior vice president of commercial for Frontier Airlines. “We recognize the demand for affordable air travel in Delaware and are happy to offer nonstop flights to Orlando this summer, making trips to the most popular leisure destination in the U.S. even more convenient and attractive.” 

The seasonal service to Orlando begins on May 14, 2020. The frequency and times are subject to change, so customers are advised to check for the most updated schedule, according to Frontier. 

“We’re pleased to welcome Frontier back to the State of Delaware and the Wilmington – New Castle Airport,” said Governor John Carney. “We’ve made significant infrastructure investments at the airport, and Frontier’s return will give Delawareans and travelers in the region a low-cost, convenient way to travel with their families.” 

“We’re excited that Frontier Airlines has chosen to return to Delaware and bring its low-fare, quality service back to the residents and visitors to the Delaware Valley region,” said Thomas J. Cook, Executive Director of the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA), operators of Wilmington – New Castle Airport (ILG). “The Airport is in a perfect location between Philly and Baltimore, offering customers the option to forego the hassles of a big city airport. We want to be the airport of choice for people in Delaware, South Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland who seek both low fares and a convenient airport experience.” 

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“The Wilmington – New Castle Airport is all about convenience,” said Stephen D. Williams, Deputy Executive Director and Airports Director for the DRBA. “During the past four years, the Authority has methodically made significant infrastructure improvements at ILG knowing that commercial airline service would one day return to Delaware. With the help of our Congressional delegation, we were able to upgrade, enlarge, and strengthen the terminal apron to better accommodate multiple commercial aircraft simultaneously. In addition, the Authority spent more than $5 million to enhance the terminal auto parking lots and is currently improving the passenger terminal facility. The foundation is here for commercial air service to be successful.” 

Frontier operates over 90 A320 family aircraft and has the largest A320neo fleet in the U.S., delivering the highest level of noise reduction and fuel-efficiency, compared to previous models. The use of these aircraft, Frontier’s seating configuration, weight-saving tactics, and baggage process have all contributed to the airline’s average of 39% fuel savings compared to other U.S. airlines (fuel savings is based on Frontier Airlines 2018 fuel consumption per seat- mile compared to the weighted average of major U.S. airlines), which makes Frontier the most fuel-efficient US airline.

With over 150 new Airbus planes on order, Frontier will continue to grow to deliver on the mission of providing affordable travel across America. Frontier’s young fleet also ensures that the company keeps fares low and that customers will enjoy a pleasant and reliable experience flying with the airline. 

To take grab the $29, fares must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Jan. 31, 2020 for nonstop travel through Aug. 5, 2020. The following blackout dates apply: May 26, 2020, Jun. 30, 2020, Jul. 1, 7-8, 2020. Fares are one way and do not require roundtrip purchase, according to Frontier. Certain restrictions may apply.

Frontier Airlines, headquartered in Dever, operates in 100 cities in the United States, Canada, Central America, Dominican Republic and Mexico on 400 daily flights.

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