Frontier launches new routes from Atlanta, touts $20 fares

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Frontier Airlines launches nine new routes from Atlanta on Thursday, including flights to Houston, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Raleigh-Durham, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, St. Louis and Memphis.

The Denver-based ultra low-cost carrier is offering $20 introductory one-way fares on the routes, on sale Thursday April 14 only. There are a number of limitations, including that the fares are effective for travel during selected periods in the spring and fall, on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, depending on the route.

Frontier announced the new routes from Atlanta earlier this year. The airline is also resuming seasonal flights from Atlanta to Austin, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Indianapolis and Trenton, N.J.

As an ultra low-cost carrier, Frontier’s service is different from that of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and Dallas-based Southwest Airlines, the two largest carriers at Hartsfield-Jackson.

Among the key differences are that Frontier charges customers extra to put a roll-aboard in the overhead bin or to have a soft drink on board. The routes Frontier is launching from Atlanta operate a few days a week instead of daily.

Spirit Airlines, the other ultra low-cost carrier expanding in Atlanta, also launched two routes from Hartsfield-Jackson on Thursday, to Minneapolis and New Orleans. Spirit also resumed seasonal service between Atlanta and Atlantic City.

Meanwhile, Southwest Airlines on Tuesday launched service from Atlanta to Greenville.

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