Frontier Earns Flag Carrier Designation

11th Nov 2003

PRNewswire-FirstCall DENVER Nov. 11 :

Frontier Airlines today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) approved its application for flag carrier status, a designation that
allows the airline more international flight flexibility.

Specifically, flag carrier status allows Frontier to:—Fly between two
international destinations.—Fly to Alaska and Hawaii.—Fly beyond its
previous limit of two hours from the United States border.

Frontier representatives have spent the past six months completing the
FAA`s application process, which included proof of compliance with an
additional 87 Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs). Frontier already serves
several destinations in Mexico, including Cancun, Mazatlan and Cabo San
Lucas; however, it has been with special authority granted by the FAA. As
a flag carrier, Frontier will now enjoy increased flexibility with its
international destinations, including its upcoming service to Puerto
Vallarta and Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo.

“Obtaining flag carrier status is a major step for Frontier, as it enables
potential international growth opportunities in the future,” said Tom
Nunn, vice president, aviation safety and regulatory compliance. He
continued, “For more than six months, our employees have worked diligently
with FAA representatives to meet their strict criteria, and both groups
are to be commended for their dedication to this important project.”


About Frontier
Currently in its tenth year of operations, Denver-based Frontier Airlines
is the second largest jet service carrier at Denver International Airport
with a fleet of 39 aircraft and employing approximately 3,700 aviation
professionals. Frontier, in conjunction with Frontier JetExpress operated
by Mesa Air Group (“Mesa”), operates routes linking our Denver hub to 37
cities in 22 states spanning the nation from coast-to-coast and to three
cities in Mexico. Frontier`s maintenance and engineering department has
received the Federal Aviation Administration`s highest award, the Diamond
Certificate of Excellence, in recognition of 100 percent of its
maintenance and engineering employees completing advanced aircraft
maintenance training programs, for four consecutive years. In August 2003,
Frontier ranked as one of the “Top 10 Domestic Airlines” as determined by
readers of Travel & Leisure magazine. Frontier provides capacity
information and other operating statistics on its Web site, which may be
viewed at .


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