ULCC Frontier drops Lafayette, Louisiana

Frontier tells the regional airport demand was insufficient going forward.

Denver-based ultra-low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines has suspended service to Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT) in Louisiana indefinitely, according to LFT executive director Steven Picou.

Frontier operated seasonal service to Orlando, Florida and Denver from LFT in 2019. It had planned to operate the seasonal service again in 2020. But Frontier told Picou “the demand for their service was insufficient to continue,” Picou said in a statement. Frontier carried 40,682 passengers to/from LFT last year.

“Unfortunately, there was not enough demand for our product to warrant the investment of aircraft time,” Frontier said in an email to Picou. “We will continue to monitor opportunities going forward, so please feel free to keep us updated with information that could help justify future service.”

Picou said: “While it is disappointing to hear of this decision, it is not uncommon in the airline industry. It is a very dynamic model and airlines do what makes the best business sense for them. We will continue to explore new opportunities with other airlines and seek more direct destinations on existing airlines.”

American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines all serve LFT currently with regional flights, according to the airport.

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