Frontier Airlines Offers the Valley Commercial Jet Flights
Tuesday marked the start of a long-awaited service for Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport. Frontier Airlines has brought the valley its first commercial jet flights, along with low-fare trips to Orlando.
For years, Shenandoah Valley residents have driven right past their hometown airport to take advantage of low-cost flights out of Dulles International Airport or Richmond International Airport.
But the valley convinced Frontier to launch this new service, and the airline says if flyers embrace it, the sky's the limit. Airbus jets with 138 seats have begun service between the Shenandoah Valley and Orlando every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
Frontier gives the airport in Weyers Cave a second airline for the first time in more than a decade.
Just over 100 people took the inaugural departure Tuesday morning, taking advantage of the free parking and short wait times.
"We like the demographics of the area; it looked appealing to us," said Robert Westgate of Frontier Airlines. "There's a lot of people here who have a hard time getting to some of the other area airports, which also involve a lot of expense in terms of drive time and parking, and can't always get low fares."
The Frontier Airlines flights cost as a little as $66 each way.
Many flyers may see the Frontier Airlines service as a quick and cheap way to get to Florida but tourism officials will use it to market the valley and Central Virginia to visitors from the Sunshine State.
Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport continues its daily service to Dulles through United Express.
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