The low cost carrier known for its industry-leading customer service is rapidly becoming travelers' top way to reach the beach. Tickets are on sale now for Frontier Airlines' (NASDAQ: FRNT) new service between Denver International Airport (DEN) and San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO), following the U.S. Department of Transportation's final approval of the route.
The direct flights, which start Friday, Nov. 30, 2007, will be aboard Frontier's new fleet of Airbus A319 with 33 inches of legroom and DIRECTV service and pay-per-view movies in every seat back. Frontier is offering special introductory fares for as low as $298* roundtrip.
Fares must be purchased by 9:59 p.m. MDT on June 26, 2007, for travel between Nov. 30, 2007, and June 16, 2008.
Frontier is the only airline to fly directly between Costa Rica and Denver. Costa Rica is Frontier's third country served outside of the United States and 11th non-U.S. city total, with eight cities served in Mexico and two in Canada. Most recently, Frontier began flying to Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada and Guadalajara, Mexico. On June 6, 2007, Frontier will begin flying directly from Dallas to Mazatlan, Mexico, which the airline already serves via Denver. Frontier's new Costa Rica service is the Denver- based carrier's furthest expansion south to date.
"Travelers' response to Frontier's international service has been tremendous, and we're thrilled to offer direct flights between Denver and Costa Rica, our third country served from the United States," said John Happ, senior vice president of marketing and planning for Frontier Airlines. "Passengers now have a convenient, comfortable way to enjoy Costa Rica's culture, visit the country's amazing beaches, resorts and rain forests, and experience some of the best eco-tourism opportunities in the world."
Frontier Makes Family Friendly Eco-Tourism Affordable
Prior to Frontier's arrival in Costa Rica, the country's abundance of eco- educational activities and miles of beautiful beaches were accessible only through limited and high-fare service from a handful of carriers. However, beginning November 30, Frontier will do for the forests of Costa Rica what it has done for the beaches of Mexico, making leisure travel fun and affordable again.
Located in Central America, Costa Rica has become an increasingly popular tourist destination and is currently ranked as one of the most visited international destinations. Although the country is small and it covers only 0.03% of the surface of the globe, it proudly shelters six percent of the existing biodiversity in the entire world and 25.58 percent of the country is composed of conservation and natural protected territory.
Rugged highlands are found throughout most of the country, ranging from approximately 3,000 to 6,000 feet above sea level. The Guanacaste Mountain Range, Central Mountain Range, and Talamanca Mountain Range are the main mountain ranges extending the entire length of the country. There are several active volcanoes (Arenal Volcano, Irazu Volcano, Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and Turrialba Volcano) and the country's highest mountain (Chirripo Hill) with a height of 12,530 feet. The country has a relatively long coastline along both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, as well as a system of rivers and tributaries offering world class rafting and water sports.
In general, the climate in Costa Rica is very pleasant not only during the dry season, which extends from December to April but also during the rainy season, which runs from May to November. During the rainy season rain can be expected in the afternoons, on the other hand the mornings are usually sunny.
Costa Rica has a tropical climate with an average temperature of 72 degrees F that increases considerably in the coastal areas. The temperature variations throughout the country are significant and due to the short distances in this relatively small country, they can all be experienced in just one day. In addition, the varying weather microcosms and the topography of the country has created several types of forests including the cloud forest, the rain forest, the dry forest, and the transition forest.
(+) Information from http://www.visitcostarica.com/
The flight schedule for Frontier's new service between Denver and San Jose, Costa Rica follows:
Denver - San Jose, Costa Rica
Flight Number Departs Arrives Frequency
86 12:10 a.m. 6:25 a.m. **Mondays, Wednesdays,
Fridays and Sundays
(effective Nov. 30, 2007)
San Jose, Costa Rica - Denver
Flight Number Departs Arrives Frequency
87 7:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
(effective Nov. 30, 2007)
All times given in local arrival or departure city times.
*Service to Costa Rica subject to government approval. Service to Costa Rica is less than daily. Maximum stay is 90 days. Fares shown are each way but round-trip purchase is required for off-peak travel valid to/from Costa Rica Monday - Thursday only 11/30/07 thru 6/16/08 or the end of the schedule, whichever comes first, fares slightly higher other days of the week. Tickets must be booked and paid for by 9:59 pm MDT on 6/26/07 or within 24 hours, whichever comes first. Black out dates to Central America 12/20-24, and 26-27, 2007, 2/15,16, 3/7, 8,14-16, 21-23, 28-29, 5/23, 24, 31, 6/7 and 14, 2008. Black out dates from Central America 12/30-31, 2007, 1/1, 2, 5, 6, 2/18, 23, 24, 3/15,16, 22-24, 29-31, 4/5,6, 5/26, 27, 31, 6/1,7, and 14, 2008. Fares do not include passenger facility fees of up to $18 round-trip, the September 11th Security Fee of up to $10 round-trip or fees of $3.40 per segment. A segment is defined as one takeoff and one landing. Seats are limited and certain flights and/or days of travel may be unavailable at these prices, especially during busy travel periods. Additional costs for Federal International Air Transportation Tax of $30.20 round-trip. All international fares are subject to U.S. arrival and departure taxes and agricultural, immigrations and customs fees of up to $41 round-trip are not included in the fare amount. For travel to some countries, additional airport, transportation, embarkation, security, and passenger service taxes/surcharges of up to $140 will apply depending on destination. For return travel from some countries, fares do not include airport and/or departure taxes of up to $36, which may be collected by the foreign government. Tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable, but may be reissued for a $100 change fee plus any applicable difference in fare. Previously purchased tickets may not be exchanged for these special fare tickets. Fares and schedules are subject to change without notice and other restrictions may apply. Passports are required for travel to/from Costa Rica for all travelers.
**Departing from Denver, flights noted as Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday leave just past midnight on those days and for planning purposes should be considered as late Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
About Frontier Airlines Holdings, Inc.
Frontier Airlines Holdings, Inc. is the parent company of Denver-based Frontier Airlines. Currently in its 13th year of operations, Frontier Airlines is the second-largest jet service carrier at Denver International Airport, employing approximately 5,000 aviation professionals. With 59 aircraft and one of the youngest Airbus fleet in North America, Frontier offers 24 channels of DIRECTV® service in every seatback along with 33 inches of legroom in an all coach configuration. In conjunction with its regional jet fleet, operated by Horizon and Republic Airlines, Frontier offers routes linking its Denver hub to 58 destinations including 48 U.S. cities in 30 states spanning the nation from coast to coast, eight cities in Mexico and two cities in Canada. In November 2006, Frontier and AirTran announced a first-of-its-kind integrated marketing partnership that offers travelers the ability to reach more than 80 destinations across four countries with low fares, aboard two of the youngest fleets in the industry. In December 2006, Frontier was designated "Best Low Cost Carrier" in the U.S. by the readers of Business Traveler magazine. Frontier's maintenance department has received the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Diamond Award recognizing its advanced training standards for eight consecutive years, from 1999 to 2006. For more in-depth information on Frontier Airlines, visit http://www.frontierairlines.com/.
SOURCE: Frontier Airlines