New airline flying out of Bakersfield to Denver, airport officials hope it means brighter future

Frontier Airlines to boost air travel in Bakersfie

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A new airline is offering flights out of Bakersfield and airport officials hope its part of a brighter future.

The Kern County Department of Airports announced Monday that Frontier Airlines will be serving Meadows Field.

"It's going to bring more people into Bakersfield and going to other places which we have been limited to, so I think it's a wonderful thing that this company is coming in," Carin Wilson, an air travel passenger said.

Frontier will have three flights per week with service to Denver. Flights will be on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The county hopes it a sign things are turning around for the troubled airport.

"It's been a while since any new service announcements have happened here," said Richard Strickland, Meadows Field airport director. "It's very exciting to have this happen and we will see how the passengers of Kern County respond. It's a unique opportunity to have a low cost carrier like Frontier enter a market like this," he said.

Denver is a hub from Frontier, with connections to 36 other destinations and Frontier will start offering this service at Meadows Field starting May 16.

The airline is offering introductory fares as low as $75 through Wednesday.

The county still owes $7.9 million on the new terminal it built in 2006 and its asking the county to forgive a $4.2 million balance on loan it made for the international terminal.


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