our history

The original Frontier Airlines was Denver's hometown carrier for 40 years before it was purchased in 1986. The airline carried 87 million passengers over the years and was known for great service and an outstanding safety record.

In 1993, executives from the original Frontier Airlines, as well as some newcomers to the industry, gave the old Frontier a fresh start. They were looking to fill gaps in Denver's mainstream hub-and-spoke system.

We launched on July 5, 1994 with 180 employees and two Boeing 737-200s on routes between Denver and Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot, N.D.

Today, Frontier Airlines is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings Inc, an airline holding company that owns Chautauqua Airlines, Lynx Aviation, Midwest Airlines, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America.

Frontier is the second-largest carrier at Denver International Airport, employing approximately 5,000 aviation professionals. Frontier has one of the youngest Airbus fleets in North America offering 24 channels of DIRECTV® service in every seatback along with a comfortable all-coach configuration. Frontier offers routes to more than 50 destinations in the U.S., Mexico and Costa Rica. In addition, Frontier and Midwest have a codeshare partnership that allows passengers of both airlines access to 70 destinations in the U.S., Mexico and Costa Rica.

Check out some of the highlights from over the years: