Mon, Sep 15, 2008
Struggling Carrier Joins Other Airlines In Desperate
Three days ahead of the BTS announcement that Frontier Airlines
joined other industry sad-sacks US Airways and American in posting
the worst operational losses in Q2 2008, the Denver-based low-cost
carrier announced it will begin charging a $15 fee for a first
checked bag, as the carrier struggles to continue operations
under bankruptcy protection.
The new fee is effective for travel on or after November 1,
2008, for tickets purchased on or after September 13, 2008 and
applies to travel commencing on or after November 1, 2008. Frontier
introduced a $25 fee for a second checked bag fee in June.
Frontier has operated under Chapter 11 bankruptcy since April
As ANN reported in July, the carrier was able
to secure a $75 million commitment in post-petition
debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing from Perseus LLC, to sustain
operations in the short term... but not before the carrier
announced plans to slash capacity by 17 percent, with a
proportional cutback in its employment ranks.
Frontier's EarlyReturns Summit and Ascent members, as well as
active-duty military personnel and AirTran Airways A+ Rewards Elite
members traveling on Frontier Airlines, will not be charged for a
first or second checked bag.
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