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Nov 5, 2012 6:30 PM by Jeanelle Slade - Q2 News

Frontier Airlines pulling out of Billings, again

BILLINGS - Frontier Airlines has announced it will pull out of Billings Logan International Airport come January, citing poor winter performance out of the Magic City.

"We didn't see it coming," said Billings Diector of Aviation and Transit, Tom Binford.

Binford says there's been a 7% increase in boardings, but Billings always sees a slowdown in the winter. Frontier employs one person in the Billings market, but contracts other employees from another airline.

Binford says Frontier is trying to separate itself from it's owner, Republic Airways Holdings Inc., and is shrinking its fleet.

Binford says this is the 3rd or 4th time Frontier has pulled out of the Billings market. United Airlines will still fly from Billings to Denver. He also says it may be time to conduct another assessment of our market and possibly look at bringing in another airline if there are not enough seats for Billings passengers.

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