- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Frontier Airlines will not resume seasonal flights from Denver to Fairbanks next year, according to officials at Fairbanks International Airport.

Frontier offered no-frills slights from mid-May and mid-September in 2014 but said in a letter last week it planned to end the service, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (https://bit.ly/1sN5KhO) reported.

The airline cited the closure of the Flint Hills Resources petroleum refinery in North Pole, which made jet fuel, and the possibility of higher fuel costs as a major factor in the decision, said airport spokeswoman Angie Spear.

The company also cited a decision to reposition its national fleet, Spear said.

Frontier flew Airbus 319 flights three to four times weekly between Fairbanks and Denver in summer months. Frontier will continue flights between Denver and Anchorage.

Alaska Airlines is the only year-round major airline in Fairbanks. United Airlines began seasonal service in 2013 and confirmed last week it will return to Fairbanks next summer, Spear said.

The news on Frontier came on the heels of a decision by Japan Airlines to cut its winter schedule of nonstop charters between Japan and Fairbanks from 18 to nine flights.

Deb Hickok, director of Explore Fairbanks, said she’s hopeful that Japanese visitors will continue to fly on alternate routes.

The revised schedule is temporary, she said. Japan Airlines said pilot training and aircraft maintenance were the reason for the cutback. A full schedule is expected to return in a year, Hickok said.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, https://www.newsminer.com


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