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HIA seeing interest as Orlando, Denver routes debut

By - Last modified: May 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Customer interest and bookings are looking strong as Denver-based airline Frontier Airlines Inc. debuts this week at Harrisburg International Airport, an airport spokesman said.

Frontier's nonstop service to Denver — the first ever offered from Harrisburg — begins Tuesday, and its Orlando flights begin Thursday, said Scott Miller, airport deputy marketing and public relations director. The airline announced the routes in February.

Orlando is the airport's No. 1 destination, and Denver has always been in the Top 10, Miller said. In addition to being an appealing city for tourism and business in its own right, Denver provides air connection to West Coast cities including Los Angeles, San Diego and Seattle, he said.

Frontier is offering the Denver service on a seasonal trial basis through Labor Day, Miller said. If it goes well, the airport hopes Frontier will expand it next year, he said.

As for Orlando, Frontier is flying to "get its name in the market" between Thursday and Aug. 12, Miller said. That's when carrier Southwest Airlines Co. subsidiary AirTran Airways plans to stop its Harrisburg-Orlando service, leaving Frontier the sole carrier for the route.

Frontier will fly both routes using 138-seat Airbus A319s, Miller said.