posted on April 29, 2015 18:01
Frontier Seasonally Suspends Service at Wilmington Airport - ILG
Officials Thank Customers, Expect Flights to Resume Later this Year
(New Castle, Delaware) Today, Wilmington Airport (ILG) officials offered comment on the seasonal suspension of service provided by Frontier Airlines at the airport. Service is now seasonally suspended following this evening’s 6:00 p.m. departure bound for Orlando, Florida. In late November 2014, Frontier Airlines’ stated its intention to suspend service from ILG, as it did from other airports throughout its system, as part of its transition to an ultra-low-cost carrier. The airline, which was offering non-stop service between Wilmington and the Florida destinations of Orlando and Tampa, is expected to resume service from ILG sometime this fall.
“We want to thank our customers for choosing Wilmington Airport – ILG and we appreciate Frontier’s willingness to initiate low cost service at our airport,” said Stephen D. Williams, Airports Director for the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) who noted that more than 330,000 passengers used the Airport over the last two years. “We know our customers really enjoyed low fares, great destinations, and ILG’s easy airport experience as an alternative to big airport hassles. We also know they want more air service, not less, and we are eagerly anticipating Frontier’s return to service this fall.”
The DRBA, the operator of Wilmington-ILG, is committed to providing an excellent customer experience at the airport and is optimistic about the future of commercial air service at the facility. “We’re always looking for additional opportunities to expand and improve air service at our airport and we will take advantage of this lull to upgrade our facility,” said Scott A. Green, DRBA Executive Director. “Within the next few weeks, we will begin terminal parking lot improvements which will expand parking, improve traffic flow around the terminal, and enhance safety.”
When complete in October 2015, the new parking lot will provide 185 more spaces for customers. In addition, a new perimeter road around the entire parking lot will be added to allow for better traffic flow. The project is designed in multiple phases for minimal impact on airport customers. The Authority will also work to improve passenger terminal amenities and implementing new airfield improvements. All improvements are expected to be complete before the return of commercial air service.
In July 2013, Frontier Airlines initiated commercial service from Wilmington-ILG to five destinations: Chicago-Midway; Denver; Houston; Orlando; and Tampa. Frontier also provided non-stop service from ILG to three additional destinations of Ft. Myers, Atlanta, and Detroit.
About the Delaware River and Bay Authority
The DRBA, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, and the Delaware City – Salem Ferry Crossing. The DRBA also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All DRBA operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities. For more information, visit www.drba.net.