Frontier Airlines said Tuesday that is launching flights this summer to two new cities — an announcement that came even as flight attendants were picketing the airline at Denver International Airport.
The Denver-based airline will begin twice-weekly flights to Norfolk, Virginia, on Aug. 12 and thrice-weekly flights to Wichita, Kansas, on Aug. 30. It is the first time Frontier has flown to Norfolk, and it marks a return of the airline to Wichita after ending a decade of service to Kansas’ largest city in November 2012.
Company officials announced the two flights along with seven other new routes involving other airports, including six new flights from Jacksonville International Airport that will make Frontier the largest airline at that facility regarding the number of destinations that it serves.
“These additional nine routes are the latest evidence of Frontier’s commitment to making air travel more affordable and accessible to everyone,” said Daniel Shurz, Frontier senior vice president of commercial service.
While the airline continues its rapid growth of the past year, however, it also continues to have problems with its unions.
Already facing calls from its pilot’s union for the end of years-long negotiations and the beginning of a strike, Frontier saw its employees who are members of the Association of Flight Attendants, which is part of the Communication Workers of America, wielding placards as they asked for progress in their negotiations for a new contract. Those talks, which have been underway since late 2015, continue with oversight of the National Mediation Board.
AFA officials warned Tuesday that pickets would continue at Frontier-base airports in what they call “escalating campaign.”