Frontier airlines splashes into Reno |

Frontier airlines splashes into Reno

The Associated Press

RENO, Nev. (AP) – Frontier Airlines’ inaugural flight into Reno was greeted with a splash.

Airport fire trucks Monday sprayed a huge arc of water for the Airbus A319 to pass under as it taxied to the terminal in a celebration of the new service between Reno and Denver.

”Thank you for the confidence in bringing this service to our regional destination,” Jeff Beckelman, president of the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority, told Frontier representatives who arrived ahead of schedule with 67 passengers on the maiden flight.

”Let us help you build your business here.”

Denver-based Frontier, which offers two daily nonstops between Reno and Denver, stuck with plans to serve Reno even after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks forced carriers nationwide, including Frontier, to cut flights to reduce costs after air traffic plummeted.

”We’re very confident about the service,” Michael Bowers, vice president of station operations and customer service for Frontier, told a group of airport, hotel-casino, government and other officials present for cake, refreshments and the standard ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Those in attendance welcomed the flights for the additional U.S. access they offer the area’s visitor-based economy via connections through Frontier’s Denver hub.

Other carriers have cut service or announced cuts to Reno in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, including flights to Portland, Ore., Phoenix, Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago.

By Nov. 1, Reno will have almost 40 percent fewer daily departures than it did at its peak in 1997, when the city enjoyed the fruits of being a hub for the former Reno Air.

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