Frontier accepts Bismarck offer

2012-02-22T01:45:00Z 2012-02-22T01:46:20Z Frontier accepts Bismarck offerBy LEANN ECKROTH | Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune

A new low-fare air carrier has accepted two incentive packages from the city of Bismarck and the Bismarck Mandan Chamber of Commerce to come here.

Bismarck City Commissioner Parrell Grossman confirmed Tuesday that Frontier Airlines has agreed to use Bismarck's $200,000 offer that guarantees the carrier reimbursement if boardings drop below the break-even point for 12 months.

"They have accepted," Grossman said Tuesday night after speaking to airport manager Greg Haug. "We have a verbal agreement and we're waiting for their signed copy of the agreement."

He said the agreement was signed by the city and was sent to Frontier after the Feb. 14 meeting when the city agreed to offer the new incentive program.

The city and the chamber announced Tuesday at a news conference that Frontier Airlines has committed to coming to Bismarck after each offered incentives to bring the airline here.

The chamber has also secured $300,000 in travel commitments from 35 businesses and individuals.

Frontier will also be offered $50,000 in free marketing of its services for one year and certain fees will be waived at the airport. The incentives have been given to other new air carriers.

Reach reporter LeAnn Eckroth at 250-8264 or leann.eckroth@bismarcktribune.com.

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  1. Bisonalum
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    Bisonalum - February 22, 2012 9:28 am
    Looks like United airlines just got a wake up call......finally!!
  2. blackbison
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    blackbison - February 22, 2012 9:07 am
    Really NDResident?

    We aren't paying them to come. The money is only to be used when a deficit occurs, which in my opinion is unlikely.
    When was the last time you flew from Bismarck without a completely full flight? How much did you pay for those tickets. $200,000 is chump change in comparison to an airliner budget.

    I'm thankful to see our airport provide more options. Competition is healthy, especially in an economy like ours right now.
  3. Independent
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    Independent - February 22, 2012 9:05 am
    I was hoping for an airline that flies nonstop to Orlando, instead of Denver.
  4. NDresident
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    NDresident - February 22, 2012 8:35 am
    I too welcome Frontier to Bismarck, but am a little disturbed that WE had to pay THEM to come here. It is basically a subsidized airline for us that the tax payers are paying for them to come and do business here...once the incentive money is used up (because of low occupancy, etc...) chances are they will pack up and leave again unless the city pays them to stay. But I guess whatever it takes to get some competition here.
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    - February 22, 2012 7:51 am
    Welcome to Bismarck, Frontier Airlines! We hope you stay and time will tell if you can provide savings to passengers not only on your airline but if you can impact the fares of competitors.
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