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Frontier Airlines Announces New Routes In and Out of Wilmington, Del.

(New Castle County Airport, in Wilmington.  Credit: David Madden)

(New Castle County Airport, in Wilmington. Credit: David Madden)

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By David Madden

WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS) — Come this summer, you’ll have a new option for flying out of the region as commercial air service returns to the state of Delaware.

Frontier Airlines is taking a chance on the New Castle County Airport, in Wilmington.

It’s been about six years since there’s been regularly scheduled air service here.  Frontier has seen some success with its service out of Trenton, and sees the Wilmington area as the next logical step.

(Doug Shurz.  Credit: David Madden)

(Doug Shurz. Credit: David Madden)

“We see a generally high fare and somewhat hassle-filled experience at larger airports.  It’s not intentionally that way, but the congestion level in the northeast is such that that’s the experience customers have,” notes Frontier senior vice president Daniel Shurz (right).

That, says Shurz, is part of the reason Frontier doesn’t run domestic service out of Philadelphia, where airport costs are about $12 per passenger — compared to less than $5 in Delaware.

The difference, he adds, will keep fares low and, combined with the ease of getting into and out of the airport, should make a hit here.

Service to Denver, Chicago, and Florida starts July 1st.

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