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Friday, February 14, 2014

The Cleveland Frontier; Denver-based Airline Filling United's Gaping Hole

Posted By on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Soon, Hopkins could look like this. So many amazing headrests!
  • Soon, Hopkins could look like this. So many amazing headrests!

Hey Cleveland travelers / cash-poor summer vacationers: Have you been meaning to hit up Harry Potter World down at Universal Studios in Orlando? Have you got any friends or distant relatives in Seattle vying for your company? You may be in luck! Now that the "affordable" Frontier Airlines has announced non-stop flights to both cities (Orlando and Seattle), starting in June at dirt cheap fares, there's no reason not to expand or amend your summer plans.

In reality, there are any number of reasons, but we're trying to maintain at least moderate excitement in the wake of United's LeBroning earlier this month (Not this "LeBroning").

One Frontier exec even borrowed LeBron's famous language when he described the new Cleveland flights:

"Frontier is happy to bring its talents to Cleveland,” he said.

In addition to the Orlando and Seattle flights, which will be offered for a limited time at $69 and $119 one-way, respectively, Frontier plans to double the number of flights to its hub in Denver and has already added flights to Trenton-Mercer Airport in New Jersey (which, I mean, who cares, but it's about 40 minutes north of Philly).

Frontier's low fares are obviously attractive, but the best thing about this western airline: THE HEADRESTS. For short flights, Frontier is fantastic. I've only flown once (out of Akron) but I recall plenty of leg room and, again, ludicrously comfortable headrests. It has been lamented that Frontier doesn't serve complimentary snacks, an affront on not only our expectations but our very basic human rights, it would seem. But because of consistently low ticket costs, something has to be sacrificed.

Frontier may continue to expand its operations out of Hopkins, what with the huge gaping hole United has now left.

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