TYLER, TX (KLTV) -Travel options are increasing in East Texas.
The City of Tyler has announced that Frontier Airlines will begin offering service out of Tyler Pounds Regional Airport. Frontier’s arrival comes after a $45 million runway project that airport officials said would allow for larger commercial flights.
Starting in July, the airline will offer non-stop service to Denver, Colorado.
“Tyler really stood out to us,” says Jonathan Freed, Frontier’s Director of Corporate Communications. “We look for cities that are really invested in keeping infrastructure up as far as airports and can be a long-term relationship.”
Airport manager Davis Dickson says Runway 422, Tyler Pounds’ newest and longest runway, played a big role in attracting the new airline.
"Once it was open for business, this runway is fully capable of handling this larger aircraft because Frontier will be planning to fly Airbus 320,” says Dickson.
Before Frontier’s arrival, American Eagle had been the only air carrier providing service in Tyler. Dickson says the added destination will provide for competitive prices and could also increase travel into the East Texas region.
“We can market to those other cities, and it gives us a broader range to go to for our tourism,” says Dickson. “So it’s a two-way stream.”
Freed says for Frontier, flights to and from Denver are just the starting point.
“We want people to try us out,” says Freed. “Then we wait and see what the response is, and then we start thinking where else can we take people from East Texas.”
Those wanting to catch a flight to Denver will be able to do so on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, with flights departing at 4:50 pm.
Frontier is offering a special introductory fee of $39, but airline officials say going forward, that will be about the average lowest fare for their flights depending on when you book.
Frontier offers connecting flights to nearly 100 destinations including Canada, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.