Frontier to begin MEM-Dallas flights Oct. 26, seasonally suspend Washington DC flights Jan.-Apr. 2015
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
MEMPHIS, TN (October 21, 2014) – The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has been notified by Frontier Airlines of changes to its upcoming schedule at Memphis International Airport (MEM). The Denver-based airline is adding six weekly flights between Memphis International Airport (MEM) and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), beginning October 26. The MEM-DFW flights will run on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.
In addition, Frontier’s recently added nonstop service to Washington-Dulles Airport (IAD) will be seasonally suspended starting January 5 until the flights resume April 15. The MEM-IAD flights began in September. Frontier, which returned to Memphis in March 2014, has received strong passenger response, with as much as 97 percent of all seats filled this past spring and summer.
These updates reflect MEM’s transition to an origin-and-destination (O&D) airport. O&D airports predominantly serve customers who are leaving from or arriving in a particular destination; for Memphis, this equates to residents of and visitors to the greater Memphis area, rather than transfer passenger traffic that is typical with hub status.
Scott Brockman, President and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, said, “These types of air service changes are indicative of our reinvention as an origin and destination airport. Airlines will adjust flights based on factors such as local demand and equipment/plane changes. The seasonal additions and suspensions that occur reflect the ebb and flow of travel demand throughout the year. Frontier has been well received by Mid-Southerners and we look forward to the restart of IAD service in April, as well as the addition of other markets in the future.”