BLOOMINGTON — Frontier Airlines, which recently announced it would begin flights to Denver from Central Illinois Regional Airport, on Wednesday said it will fly to Orlando too.
Nonstop service to Orlando International Airport will begin May 25 and will be offered three days a week from the Bloomington airport. Frontier will use a 138-seat Airbus 319 on those flights.
Introductory fares will begin at $90 each way. The fares will be available through March 14, for travel through Sept. 9.
Reservations on the route are available only through Frontier Airlines at this point, with sales through other outlets beginning Sunday.
"Orlando has consistently been the top destination for CIRA and central Illinois travelers for the last 15 years," said Paul Harmon, chairman of the Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority.
Flights to Orlando will depart at 5:10 p.m. Mondays and Fridays and 11:05 a.m. Wednesdays. Flights from Orlando will depart at 3:05 p.m. Mondays and Fridays and 9:01 a.m. Wednesdays.
On Feb. 9, Frontier announced it would begin service between Bloomington-Normal and Denver on May 18, with service available on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Frontier, a wholly owned subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings, is an Indianapolis-based low-fare carrier with hubs in Denver, Milwaukee and Kansas City, Mo.
AirTran Airways, which had long served Central Illinois Regional Airport, announced last November that it would end flights between Bloomington and Orlando on June 2.
In January, Allegiant Air announced it would begin twice-weekly nonstop jet service to the Orlando area from the Bloomington airport on May 16.
Allegiant would be flying to Sanford International Airport in Sanford, Fla., just northeast of Orlando.