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Frontier Airlines flies Under a New Owner

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Private equity and venture capital firm Indigo Partners LLC announced in October that they would be buying Frontier Airlines from Republic Airways. The deal was officially finished Tuesday, and now Indigo is planning to make some changes to the Denver-based airline that's found a lot of success in Bismarck.

"Since Frontier entered our market last May, a little over a year ago, they've done just fantastic in our market," says Greg Haug, Bismarck Airport Manager.  "It's typical for them to run in the 90% load factor area."

However, with Frontier's ownership changing hands, travelers should expect several service changes.

"Indigo partners has said that they want to grow the airline," says Haug. "So moving forward, I guess I would expect that we'd see additional destinations offered."

Which could help the small airline appeal to more travelers. The new owners are also planning to make Frontier's low rates even lower.

"As air travel costs have moved higher, demand has grown for more affordable options," says Managing Partner William Franke. "One key element to Frontier's future success will be operating as an ultra low cost carrier that offers low fares."

"Ultra low cost" doesn't necessarily mean travelers will spend less money, though.

"That means that you're going to un-bundle that airfare even more," says Haug. "So you'll have that airfare cost and then all the extras: the amenities, the checked bag, the overhead bag, the carry-on bag, if you want to pick your seat, those types of things, those are going to be extra fees."

Indigo Partners is based in Phoenix, Arizona, but they will keep Frontier's headquarters in Denver. There's no word yet on when Indigo will make the planned changes.

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