Frontier Airlines' Grand Junction fly-by sadly predictable
The purchase of Frontier Airlines by Indianapolis' Republic Airways Holdings will likely lift the carrier from bankruptcy, and that's a very good thing. But the possibility remains that Frontier could move its corporate offices out of Denver in the sort of cost-saving tactic that's already prompted the cancellation of a couple routes -- including the one between Denver and Grand Junction, which will end in September.
This decision tops today's story roster at Grand Junction's main newspaper, The Daily Sentinel -- but in the article, Greg Palmer, a member of the Airport Authority, avoids smacking the panic button. After pointing out that United will continue to take passengers from there to here, he said having two airlines duplicating the route "was a little excessive." That's because "all other airlines flying in and out of Grand Junction are the only airline flying from the airport to a particular destination," according to the piece's author, Emily Anderson.
Even so, Frontier's Grand Junction pull-out can't help but make people wonder if its commitment to Colorado is wavering now that it's got Indiana on its mind. Denver officials clearly need to do all they can to make staying more cost-effective than taking off.