BROOKLYN, NY – the United States-based carrier Frontier Airlines will launch its year-round service to Antigua and Barbuda.
The US airline, marketed as a low-cost carrier, will make its inaugural flight to the VC Bird International airport from its base at the Orlando International airport in Florida, with First Officer Aron Simon, a native of Antigua and Barbuda.
According to the island’s Tourism Authority CEO, Colin James, the new service is a positive for the industry, which is trying to rebound from the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It’s essential for us; it has opened up the entire south-east part of the United States, which is excellent news for us and the efforts that we have been putting in, in actually growing the business side out of the United States.
“The start flight will originate in Orlando, and a lot of people do not know this, but Orlando is one of the busiest airports for inbound flights in the US, mainly because Disney is located in Florida,” he explained.
“You have flights from almost every major airport as well as secondary airports coming into Orlando, so it is a great place to reconnect,” James said.
Antigua and Barbuda is one of three Caribbean destinations selected as Frontier expands its reach to the region.
The carrier’s International and Domestic Sales Manager, Alfredo Gonzalez, said, “Frontier Airlines is not just your regular airline carrier, it’s recognized as one of the greenest airlines in the world because of our position in protecting the environment and also in the awareness and protection of the animals on the endangered species list,” Gonzalez said.
The airline’s love for animals is shown on the insignia on the tail of each plane. For today’s flight, the company will be using an Airbus A320, which can seat 186 passengers. Around 100 passengers will be on board today’s flight.
Gonzales also spoke of the introductory fares to Antigua, which will start from as low as US$59.
“Those are fares that will revolutionize the way that people look at a destination and the way they look at air travel; that is what Frontier wants to do. We want to do this for people who want to fly, need to fly, and can afford to fly,” the sales manager said.