Frontier Airlines will be expanding its offerings at the Trenton-Mercer Airport, adding flights to and from three more Florida cities and New Orleans beginning early next year.
The Denver-based budget airline begins its nonstop service between Trenton-Mercer and Orlando tomorrow. Service between Trenton-Mercer and Orlando is offered twice a week on Mondays and Fridays.
Nonstop flights will be added between Trenton-Mercer and Fort Lauderdale, Fort Meyers, Tampa and New Orleans beginning in late January. Introductory offers will start at $69 to $89 each way. Tickets for the specials must be purchased by Nov. 29.
Peter Crowley, president and CEO of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, said while other airlines have come and gone at the Trenton-Mercer Airport, Frontier has already set itself apart because executives from the airline have been proactive in reaching out to community organizations like the Chamber. The Chamber will host executives for a full day next week, he said.
“Frontier representatives are really getting actively involved in the community,” Crowley said. “There is a large consumer population they can reach. This is a real opportunity for them, and they are putting the kind of investment into the expansion that we think is going to be very positive.”
When a consumer goes to book a flight on the Frontier website, the Trenton-Mercer Airport is listed as Princeton-Trenton.
“From a marketing perspective that’s a good idea,” Crowley said. “Princeton has become a destination portal, with an estimated 1.8 million visitors last year. Our convention and visitors bureau represents 18 municipalities. What we’ve found is the majority of travelers come through Princeton. Our job is to expand the vision and let them know what is happening in Hamilton, New Hope and West Windsor as well.”
The schedule for the additional cities is as follows:
Fort Lauderdale – Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays beginning Feb. 2
Fort Meyers – Sundays and Thursdays begins Jan. 31
Tampa – Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays beginning Jan. 31
New Orleans – Mondays and Fridays beginning Feb. 1
“This is an exciting day for us at Frontier as we bring significantly more low-fare options to the convenient Trenton-Mercer Airport, providing a time and money saving option to customers throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania,” said Daniel Shurz, Frontier’s commercial senior vice president . “Customers who fly from Trenton can now skip the congested and expensive alternative hubs in the region and enjoy quick, convenient, low-fare travel to top leisure destinations in Florida and Louisiana.”
Streamline Airlines previously offered weekday service from Trenton-Mercer to Boston, but stopped in September. The airline began serving the Trenton-Mercer Airport in 2011, and primarily catered to business travelers, while Frontier Airlines has its sights set on the tourism traveler.
Frontier serves more than 80 U.S. cities, plus Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Mexico. The airline will be operating 138-seat Airbus 319 aircrafts with television service, stretch seating and other flight options on the Trenton-Mercer to Orlando flights.
Officials have said the objective is for Frontier to help Trenton-Mercer achieve its “one-stop” goal for the airport, meaning passengers can get from Trenton-Mercer to numerous U.S. and international destinations with one plane change.
“The Greater Mercer County region, with more than two million people in a 25-mile radius, is truly an untapped market, and we are pleased Frontier joins us in recognizing its value,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “Frontier is the right partner at the right time. We are confident the traveling public will embrace these new destinations, and as a result, the Mercer County economy will get an added boost.”
The new service will operate on a 138-seat Airbus A319 aircraft – featuring 30 channels of DIRECTV service available at every seat. The flights will offer five rows of stretch seating with an additional five to seven inches of legroom, and the airline’s select seating product.
Trenton-Mercer airport airport offers free parking, plus access to Avis rental cars and ground transportation. The airport is about a 25-minute drive from Princeton and is located 38 miles from downtown Philadelphia and 65 miles from midtown Manhattan.
“Frontier will tap into snow birds and families, and make that Disney connection,” Crowley said. “It will be much more convenient, at much less cost. It is easier for people to board and fly out of Trenton-Mercer than Newark or Philadelphia.”
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Flyfrontier.com.