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Nov 17, 2002
What does leaving SJC have to do with adding flights to Long Beach and Santa Barbara?
Frontier Airlines pulls out of San Jose

By Sharon Noguchi

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Posted: 02/19/2010 08:17:00 PM PST
Updated: 02/19/2010 09:14:53 PM PST

In a move that could cost Mineta San Jose International Airport more than $2 million annually, Frontier Airlines is pulling its last two flights out of San Jose, the airport's first loss of a carrier in the recession, according to city officials.
The airline informed the city Tuesday that it would cease its twice-daily flights to Denver on March 14.
"For us it's a disappointment," airport spokesman David Vossbrink said. Although the airport has lost about one-quarter of its flights and passengers in two years, it hadn't lost a carrier.
A Frontier representative could not immediately be reached. The airline is adding flights to San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Long Beach, Vossbrink said.
Frontier accounts for only 1 percent of the airport's flights, and 2 percent of its boardings, Vossbrink said.
"These days every percentage counts," he said. "We've been steadily losing passengers because of airlines reducing capacities and moving aircraft routes, in search of higher yields and profits."
The annual loss amounts to 170,000 passengers departing or arriving. Presumably, some of those Denver-bound passengers will choose other carriers serving San Jose, such as Southwest or United, rather than switching to another airport. But if all were to disappear, the cost could be about $2.55 million, Vossbrink said.
The airport takes in an average of $15 per passenger in landing fees, rental-car fees, parking and concessions.
Frontier must abide by its five-year lease agreement with the airport, Vossbrink said, and continue to pay its obligations through 2012.

In the past two years, San Jose airport has lost about 2.5 million passengers because of the recession and the reduction in carriers' flights, Vossbrink said. In 2007, the airport had 10.7 million passengers a year; last year that had dropped to 8.3 million.
The loss of Frontier comes at a time when San Jose is struggling to pay more than $1 billion in debt for its extensive modernization project. To pay that, the airport is hoping to attract more flights and passengers. Terminal B is expected to be complete June 30.



Management 101. I'd rather see them pull out than fly in there day after day bleeding money.

Is this going bye bye or is Republic flying the Ejet in as a replacement?

Like so many other places they probably jacked up the fees 3x over to pay for the new buildings which they don't use. have you ever seen the C gates there? USA, DL/NW, Sun Country, Comair all ground level boarding in the WX. RAH is adding more SFO to cover for it I think.

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