TBJ: RDU scores nonstop flight to top destination on its wish list

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By Lauren K. Ohnesorge  – Senior Staff Writer, Triangle Business Journal 

A nonstop flight to San Diego – the California metro at the top of Raleigh-Durham International Airport’s wish list – debuts Aug. 15.

Denver low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines, which has now announced a dozen new destinations just this year, plans to operate the route on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

In a statement Tuesday, RDU Airport Authority CEO Michael Landguthcalls the San Diego International Airport connection “an important West Coast connection for our region with many businesses, leisure and military ties.”

Michael Walden, economist and professor at N.C. State University, calls the new flight “another indication of continued aggressive expansion by Frontier.” He says it’s likely based on three factors:

  • Frontier’s trying to serve underutilized destinations;
  • The general increase in air travel; and
  • The expected continued growth of the Triangle.

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