Frontier Airlines has expanded its presence at O’Hare International Airport by becoming the first carrier to offer flights from both terminals. Soon there will be a new discount airline flying out of Midway Airport.
Frontier Airlines has expanded into Chicago by becoming the first carrier to offer flights from both O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Midway International Airport (MDW). After a long absence, the low-cost airline will be returning to Midway Airport, which serves Chicago’s second largest airport.
Starting April 28, Southwest Airlines will begin offering nonstop service from Midway International Airport to eight new cities across North America, including Denver, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Orlando, San Antonio, Tampa Bay and Atlanta. Fares start at just $29 one way.
Frontier Airlines has announced its intention to add new routes from New York City’s LaGuardia Airport to both Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL Lauderdale begins in October.
On Wednesday at an event held by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Department of Aviation commissioner Jamie Rhee announced that Frontier Airlines would be returning to Chicago after its bankruptcy filing last year.
“Chicago has become an even bigger destination because of its new airport,” she added.
Previously serving the South Side Airport, the airline withdrew from service in April 2015 due to their consolidation efforts.
Frontier Airlines operates from Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) since 2015, with flights to destinations including Miami, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Boston, Washington D.C.,
As we look forward to our return to Midway Airport later this year, it seems obvious that this would be a good fit for us. Frontier Airlines plans to increase its fleet by adding 200 new aircrafts in the next few years.
After adding Frontier, there are now six airlines operating from Midway Airport, which was once a major hub for Dallas-based airline Southwest Airlines.
Southwest Airlines, which had been serving passengers solely at Midway Airport since 1982, began flying out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport last year.
The coronavirus outbreak has had an even greater impact than expected on the airline industry. Thousands of flights were cancelled earlier this month when an extremely contagious new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) hit airports across Europe.
Despite his belief that Chicago’s two major airports are well positioned for recovery, Richard Gere thinks they could use some help from the federal government.
With midways continuing to improve, frontier’s return is an encouraging sign for future developments.