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October 1, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
If you like ultra-low airfares combined with dozens of passenger fees, get ready for the new Frontier Airlines. Republic Airways Holdings Inc. has agreed to sell the Denver-based carrier to Indigo Partners, the investors who helped finance the super-cheap carrier Spirit Airlines. Under the agreement announced Tuesday, Indigo will pay Republic $36 million in cash and take on $109 million in debt, according to a statement released by Republic Airway Holdings. Frontier, already considered a low-cost airline, is expected to adopt a business plan that will charge passengers a myriad of fees to compensate for the ultra-low fares.
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April 27, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Florida-based Spirit Airlines has topped another unflattering ranking. A few weeks ago the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund analyzed complaint rates among passengers over the last five years. The ultra-low-cost carrier came out on top of that list. Spirit now ranks at the top again - for the rudest flight attendants. A survey of 3,400 people by the travel website Airfarewatchdog found that 26% said Spirit has the rudest flight attendants. Air Canada came in second with 14%, followed by Frontier Airlines with 11% and Virgin America with 9%. Southwest Airlines was at the bottom of the list, with only 1%. The service given by flight attendants may reflect how they are treated by airlines, according to a flight attendants union.
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July 15, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Frontier Airlines canceled 65 flights Friday and Saturday after some of its planes were damaged by golf-ball-sized hail that swept through Denver on Wednesday, the airline said in a statement . Frontier is waiving change fees for travelers booked on flights through Tuesday. The airline said the damaged planes were on the ground at its hub in Denver International Airport (DEN) when the storm hit. It said that crews were continuing to inspect aircraft and repair any damaged ones, The airline canceled more than 60 flights on Thursday.
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April 27, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
Airline mergers have put more than 70% of the nation's domestic traffic in the hands of four major carriers. But low-cost airlines still have some influence over airfares. A new study shows that when airlines such as JetBlue, Spirit, Frontier, Alaska and Southwest launch service on an existing domestic route, the average price from all carriers drops as much as 67%. It's good news for travelers, but aviation experts say most popular routes are still dominated by the four biggest carriers: United, Delta, Southwest and the soon-to-be-merged American and US Airways.
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January 3, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Frontier Airlines   launched a New Year's sale on Wednesday that features low prices on selected dates. That's the key, "selected dates. " In my search I found travel dates somewhat limited, but if they work for you, this could be your first deal of the year. The deal: The fare sale from Los Angeles applies to 20 destinations. One-way fares start at $97 to Portland, Ore., $145 to Orlando, Fla., $110 to St. Louis and $163 to Washington, D.C. Frontier has a handy monthly calendar that displays the deal days (selected Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays)
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May 5, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Frontier Airlines announced that this summer it will become the third U.S.-based airline to charge passengers a fee to bring carry-on bags into the cabin. Spirit Airlines and Allegiant Air already impose a carry-on fee. But Frontier added a twist. Passengers can avoid the fee ($25 if paid in advance, $100 at the gate) by booking the flight directly through the airline, at FlyFrontier.com. (There is also no charge if the bag fits under the seat.) By directing fliers to book with FlyFrontier.com, the airline avoids the booking fees it pays when passengers buy tickets through travel sites such as Expedia.com or Orbitz.com.
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October 17, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
How much would you pay to have an airline's chief executive hoist your carry-on into an overhead bin or fetch you a cold Diet Coke? Frontier Airlines top dog Bryan Bedford did just that working incognito as a flight attendant during his star turn on the TV reality show "Undercover Boss. " In his high-altitude role on sold-out flights between Denver and San Diego , he got to schmooze with passengers ("I was happy to be in the air, happy to be helpful") and suffer their frustration when the flight was late ("I suspect I may have been the reason for the delay")
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August 27, 1986 | United Press International
People Express Inc. today announced it has abandoned attempts to sell financially troubled Frontier Airlines and will file bankruptcy papers later today in federal court. In a statement, People Express said attempts to sell Frontier had failed. United Airlines had been the prime bidder but backed out when it could not reach agreement with the Air Line Pilots Assn., which represents United and Frontier pilots, on a schedule to raise the salaries of Frontier's pilots to the level of United pilots.
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January 30, 1985
The Denver-based carrier said it has reached a tentative agreement to sell its McDonnell-Douglas MD-80 twin-jets to United Airlines for $96 million. The agreement calls for Frontier to lease back the jets for up to three months. A company official said the sale of the MD-80s will leave Frontier with a 51-plane fleet of Boeing 737s.
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November 22, 1985
The carrier's shareholders also voted to approve Frontier's merger with People Express, officially ending Frontier's 39-year era as one of the West's major independent air carriers. Stockholders owning 71% of Frontier's shares approved the merger at a shareholders meeting. In Washington, the Department of Transportation issued a statement saying the agency was waiving the usual hearing review process for the merger because there are "no substantial competitive or public interest considerations."
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October 1, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
If you like ultra-low airfares combined with dozens of passenger fees, get ready for the new Frontier Airlines. Republic Airways Holdings Inc. has agreed to sell the Denver-based carrier to Indigo Partners, the investors who helped finance the super-cheap carrier Spirit Airlines. Under the agreement announced Tuesday, Indigo will pay Republic $36 million in cash and take on $109 million in debt, according to a statement released by Republic Airway Holdings. Frontier, already considered a low-cost airline, is expected to adopt a business plan that will charge passengers a myriad of fees to compensate for the ultra-low fares.
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August 11, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
Get ready for the takeoff of another super-cheap airline offering ultra-low fares with loads of passenger fees. Industry insiders say the new super discount airline may soon be launched with the help of Indigo Partners, the Phoenix private equity firm that invested in Spirit Airlines in 2006 and helped convince the Florida airline's chief executive, Ben Baldanza, to adopt dirt-cheap fares and abundant fees. Indigo is reportedly negotiating to buy Frontier Airlines from the Denver carrier's parent company, Republic Airways Holdings Inc. Meanwhile, Indigo has started to divest itself from Spirit, with Indigo owner William Franke and Indigo principal John Wilson resigning from the Spirit board of directors Wednesday.
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May 6, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK -- Violations of a landmark mortgage settlement alleged by New York's attorney general are also widespread in California, a housing advocacy group says. “Banks aren't doing what they're supposed to be doing to help people stay in their homes,” said Kevin Stein, associate director of the California Reinvestment Coalition, a San Francisco-based group that lobbies for low-income Californians.  New York Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman announced Monday he planned to sue Wells Fargo and Bank of America for "flagrantly" violating terms of last year's $25 billion National Mortgage Settlement.
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May 6, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
President Obama recently groused that no U.S. airport ranked among the world's top 25 airports. If you're a regular traveler to Los Angeles, you may be even more disappointed to learn that Los Angeles International Airport didn't even make the top 100. Obama was referring to a ranking released in April - the Skytrax World Airport Awards - that is based on a survey of 12.1 million travelers around the world. Out of 395 airports worldwide, LAX ranked 109th overall and 24th among 50 airports in North America.
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May 5, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Frontier Airlines announced that this summer it will become the third U.S.-based airline to charge passengers a fee to bring carry-on bags into the cabin. Spirit Airlines and Allegiant Air already impose a carry-on fee. But Frontier added a twist. Passengers can avoid the fee ($25 if paid in advance, $100 at the gate) by booking the flight directly through the airline, at FlyFrontier.com. (There is also no charge if the bag fits under the seat.) By directing fliers to book with FlyFrontier.com, the airline avoids the booking fees it pays when passengers buy tickets through travel sites such as Expedia.com or Orbitz.com.
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February 28, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The sky might in fact be the limit for the Harlem Shake. The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday said it is investigating a video, titled "Harlem Shake Frontier Flight 157," that shows Colorado College's ultimate Frisbee team doing the meme with their fellow passengers. The Harlem Shake is a viral video craze that has exploded in the last month. Most videos show one person dancing alone, with others suddenly joining about 15 seconds into the song. Most videos contain people in costumes and masks.
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July 31, 2009 | Associated Press
Southwest Airlines Co. is trying to trump a rival bid and acquire Frontier Airlines, a Denver-based carrier operating under bankruptcy protection. The move could strengthen Southwest's position in Denver and speed the low-cost carrier's expansion into new markets such as Atlanta and resort areas in Mexico. A court had already approved the sale of Frontier Airlines Holdings Inc. to the parent of Republic Airways for $108.8 million, but that deal can be nixed if a better offer comes along.
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June 29, 2006 | Martin Zimmerman
Frontier Airlines will start flights today between Los Angeles and San Francisco, returning discount service to the route. The Denver-based carrier will have five daily flights each way between the cities, with plans to add a sixth daily flight each way in the fall. Frontier is offering an introductory one-way fare of $59 and plans to price its tickets below what had been typical on the route, airline spokesman Joe Hodas said.
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January 3, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Frontier Airlines   launched a New Year's sale on Wednesday that features low prices on selected dates. That's the key, "selected dates. " In my search I found travel dates somewhat limited, but if they work for you, this could be your first deal of the year. The deal: The fare sale from Los Angeles applies to 20 destinations. One-way fares start at $97 to Portland, Ore., $145 to Orlando, Fla., $110 to St. Louis and $163 to Washington, D.C. Frontier has a handy monthly calendar that displays the deal days (selected Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays)
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December 18, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Over the last four years, airlines have been charging for extras that were previously included in the price of a plane ticket, such as checked bags, food, drinks and pillows. The trend may be reversing, with airlines starting to bundle those extras back together again. American Airlines announced last week that passengers who search for flights at AA.com will get several choices, ranging from a basic fare to a package that includes a ticket plus a free checked bag, early boarding, an onboard drink and the option to change flights without paying a penalty.
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