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Frontier bringing commercial air service to Delaware

January 28, 2020 GMT

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — Frontier Airlines will soon end Delaware’s status as the only state in the country without commercial air service.

Frontier announced Tuesday that it will begin offering nonstop flights from Wilmington-New Castle Airport to Orlando starting May 14. The flights will be offered during the summer on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Delaware has been the only state without commercial airline service since Frontier left in June 2015 after a two-year run.

Denver-based Frontier, an ultra low-cost airline, first began service in Delaware in July 2013. It once offered flights from Wilmington-New Castle to Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Houston, and three Florida destinations. It later limited its Delaware flights to Orlando and Tampa before ceasing operations completely in June 2015.

News of Frontier’s return comes as New Castle County, which owns the airport, awaits a final report from a task force exploring options for the facility. New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer commissioned the task force in October to provide recommendations regarding the airport, which is managed by the Delaware River and Bay Authority under a 30-year lease. The county faces a June deadline to notify the DRBA of any intent to renegotiate or terminate the lease, which expires in 2025.