November 9, 2013 |
So far, it's been a love story. Frontier Airlines began with one flight a week to Orlando from Trenton-Mercer Airport last Nov. 16. The Denver-based carrier announced Thursday it will add three more nonstop destinations - to Cleveland, Nashville, and Indianapolis - for a total of 14 from the small general aviation airport between New York and Philadelphia. Frontier has made Trenton and New Castle Airport near Wilmington focus cities for operations on the East Coast. At the end of April, Frontier will increase the frequency of flights to seven days a week from Trenton to Chicago-Midway Airport and six days a week to Detroit and Atlanta.
October 11, 2013 |
Frontier Airlines, which is being sold to a Phoenix private-equity firm that wants to bring more low airfares to U.S. travelers, announced Wednesday that it would add nonstop flights from Trenton Mercer Airport to Cincinnati and Charlotte, N.C., in February. That brings to 11 the nonstop destinations that Frontier will fly from Trenton, joining Atlanta; Chicago-Midway; Columbus, Ohio; Detroit; Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando, and Tampa, Fla.; and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. Frontier will fly to Charlotte four times a week and to Cincinnati three times a week, starting Feb. 12. Tickets booked by midnight Oct. 20 will be offered at introductory fares as low as $39 one way for travel from Feb. 12 through May 20, the airline said.
September 1, 2013 |
A federal judge in Washington said Friday the Justice Department lawsuit seeking to block the merger of US Airways Group and American Airlines would go to trial Nov. 25, a date the airlines wanted. The government had pushed for the trial to start March 1, saying more time was needed to prepare its case. The airlines said a lengthy delay could kill their merger. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly listened to both sides in court Friday and agreed that March was too far off. The airlines were poised to complete a merger, creating the world's largest airline, when the Justice Department Antitrust Division and six states, including Pennsylvania, sued Aug. 13 to block it. The regulators said that it would stifle competition and lead to higher fares and that the combination would dominate more than 1,000 routes nationwide.
August 10, 2013 |
Frontier Airlines may soon be sold to a private-equity firm in Phoenix that wants to turn Denver's hometown airline into an ultra-low-fare carrier, comparable to Spirit Airlines and Allegiant Air. Two area airports where Frontier flies - Trenton Mercer and New Castle near Wilmington - say they are confident that Frontier will continue to serve their markets with the level of flights they have now. Frontier has 35 departures a week to 10 destinations...
May 2, 2013 |
Air-traffic controller furloughs ended over the weekend. Snarled operations that caused delays for travelers, especially in the New York City area, are back to normal. But no one knows for sure what the legislation untangling the situation, passed by Congress and signed by the president, will mean for 149 small airport traffic-control towers slated for reduced hours or closure June 15 because of the federal spending cuts. Airfields affected by the closures - including Trenton-Mercer Airport, where Frontier Airlines now flies to 10 cities, and the Harrisburg, Latrobe, and Lancaster airports in Pennsylvania - are hopeful the transfer of up to $253 million from an airport-improvement program to prevent reduced operations and staffing through Sept.
April 29, 2013 |
Airlines survived $147-a-barrel oil, a financial collapse on Wall Street, and a recession in 2008 by doing two things: slashing capacity - fewer flights, different-size aircrafts, recalibrated routes - and charging annoying fees for everything from baggage to "choice" seats. Nationwide, there are 8 percent fewer airplane seats with passengers in them than five years ago, according to airline analyst Daniel McKenzie, of Buckingham Research Group in New York. He recently analyzed which cities got hardest hit with seat cuts and which had the most growth.
April 12, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Airlines are struggling this year to get planes to the gate on time. The government said Thursday that 80.3 percent of flights by U.S. carriers arrived on time in January and February. That's down from a record 84.9 percent during last year's storm-free winter. Mother Nature hasn't been as cooperative. The percent of flights canceled in February doubled to 2.4 percent from the same month in 2012. Hawaiian Airlines had the best on-time rating in February, 91.8 percent.
April 9, 2013
In the Region Amtrak's March ridership sets record Amtrak said its March ridership set a record as the best month in the national railroad's 42-year history. Buoyed by the March performance, ridership was up about 1 percent for the six-month period October 2012 through March 2013, despite service interruptions caused by Hurricane Sandy and a February blizzard in parts of the Northeast, spokesman Steve Kulm said. Kulm said Amtrak expects to end its fiscal year in September "at or above last year's record of 31.2 million passengers.
April 5, 2013 |
The federal budget ax that is known as the sequester is starting to hurt the airline industry. While flights have not yet been canceled in response to the cuts, and there are not long lines at security screening in airports, including Philadelphia International, US Airways Group and Delta Air Lines said the federal spending cuts reduced March revenue due to fewer last-minute bookings. US Airways said that passenger revenue for each "seat mile" flown was flat in March compared with March 2012.
March 30, 2013
Frontier Airlines will suspend flights from the Trenton/Mercer Airport in Ewing, N.J., from Sept. 9 through Nov. 7 because of a scheduled runway project. Airport officials say the project involves safety upgrades required by the Federal Aviation Administration. Frontier, which began scheduled service at the Trenton airport in January, called the suspension temporary and thanked county officials for moving the work to the "lowest demand period of the year. " The move comes as Frontier is set to offer new low-fare service, starting April 8, from Trenton to five new nonstop destinations: Atlanta; Chicago-Midway; Columbus, Ohio; Detroit, and Raleigh/Durham.