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Frontier Adds New Crew Base in Cleveland
The ULCC is positioning itself for a revised operational strategy.
Ultra-low-cost airline Frontier has announced that it will be opening a new crew base at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) in March of 2024. The new base is expected to employ up to 110 pilots, 250 flight attendants, and 50 aircraft maintenance personnel within the first year, according to a press release.
The addition of a crew base in Cleveland is another step for Frontier’s revised operational strategy, which involves more out-and-back flying. An all-Airbus operator, the airline is currently the 10th largest airline in the United States by passenger volume.
Frontier says it is the fastest-growing airline in Cleveland, having increased passenger capacity by 53 percent over the past year. The carrier currently offers 17 nonstop routes from CLE, more than any other carrier in the 2023-2024 winter schedule.
The opening of the new crew base is expected to have a positive impact on the Cleveland economy. The airline estimates that the crew base will generate nearly $80 million in local wages annually.
“We’re excited to partner with the Cleveland community as we continue to expand our operation at CLE and bring meaningful economic impact to the area through new jobs,” said Barry Biffle, CEO of Frontier Airlines in a press release.
“A crew base also positively impacts customers as it helps to support smooth flight operations. Our new crew base reflects our commitment to continued growth at CLE as we bring even more of our ‘Low Fares Done Right’ to area residents,” he added.
Other Frontier crew bases include Denver, Dallas, Las Vegas, Orlando, Atlanta, Phoenix, and Miami, according to AviationPros. United still has a crew base in Cleveland with over 500 combined pilots and flight attendants.
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