Frontier to begin flying to Puerto Rico this summer
SAN JUAN – Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced Tuesday that Frontier Airlines will begin flying to the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) for the first time, starting June 11. The flights will arrive from Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).
Frontier, based in Denver, Colo., will operate daily flights to both destinations on Airbus A321 aircraft, which have a maximum capacity of 230 passengers. The flight to Orlando will run throughout the year, while the flight to Philadelphia will initially run for 10 months with the expectation that it will expand to the full year.
Frontier becomes the second airline to operate flights between San Juan and Philadelphia. With the flights between San Juan and Orlando, the airline becomes the fifth to connect these two destinations. It already flies to the Caribbean with routes to Cuba and Dominican Republic.
“The arrival of Frontier Airlines to Luis Muñoz Marín Airport is great news. Today’s announcement is definitely another step forward for Puerto Rico, and clearly conveys our message that we are open for business. This shows that Puerto Rico is gaining credibility among investors and companies like Frontier, which have decided to do business on the island. We welcome Frontier to Puerto Rico and we appreciate its trust in our island as a destination,” the governor said in the announcing release.
Frontier is considered an “ultra-low cost” airline and flies to more than 65 destinations. It has a fleet of 66 aircraft, which it plans to nearly double by 2021.
“Our network continues expanding into markets where people want to fly,” Josh Flyr, Frontier’s vice president, network and revenue, adds in the release. “And customers in these two new markets to Puerto Rico now have a new, low-cost alternative.”
It is estimated that the new flights will bring over 110,000 visitors to the island, whose annual economic impact will be of about $21.7 million.