Frontier, Southwest to launch new flights west

Despite the slew of seat cuts Cheapflights has been chronicling of late, new airline routes are still being forged, opening up new options for fliers in the process.

To that end, this news:

  • Frontier Airlines’ new Little Rock flights to Denver take wing Thursday Nov. 17. The move means there will be two carriers in the market, Frontier and United Express. Competition rarely hurts airfares. Flights operate daily, save Saturday. Frontier’s Little Rock flights to Denver depart at 6:50 p.m. and arrive at 8:05 p.m. Return Denver flights to Little Rock leave at 3:15 p.m. and arrive LIT at 6:15 p.m.
  • Frontier also begins a quartet of Palm Springs flights to Denver Nov. 17. Again, United Express is the competition. Palm Springs flights to Denver depart Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:15 a.m. and arrive Denver International Airport at 2:20 p.m. Return Denver flights to Palm Springs get away from the gate at 9:25 a.m. and arrive PSP at 10:33 a.m.
  • Discount airline AirTran intends to launch a pair of daily Baltimore/Washington flights to Seattle/Tacoma June 12, 2012. Currently, OAG says no airline flies nonstop between Baltimore and Sea-Tac. Alaska Airlines lofts Washington, DC flights to Seattle/Tacoma via Reagan Washington National, and United offers nonstop Washington, DC flights to Seattle/Tacoma via Dulles international Airport.
  • At the same time AirTran begins its transcontinental route from BWI to SEA, merger partner Southwest Airlines says it will launch daily nonstop Houston flights to Seattle/Tacoma June 12. Right now, United/Continental and Alaska Airlines offer Houston flights to Seattle/Tacoma – but they do so via Bush Houston Intercontinental Airport.

What’s your favorite western getaway city?

Story by Jerry Chandler

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