The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By The Den­ver Post

Fron­tier Air­lines is adding 42 new non­stop routes start­ing in April, al­though none of the new flights goes through Den­ver.

Cities with new routes in­clude Kansas City, Mo.; Hous­ton; Phoenix; and Port­land, Ore. Barry Bif­fle, pres­i­dent of the Den­ver-based ul­tra-low-cost car­rier, said in a news release Thurs­day that the new routes are fo­cused on un­der­served mar­kets.

“We see hun­dreds of ad­di­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties like th­ese through­out the coun­try, fu­el­ing our growth for years to come,” he said in the state­ment.

Fron­tier spokesman Jim Faulkner said that with the sum­mer va­ca­tion sea­son com­ing, now is a good time for trav­el­ers to start plan­ning.

As for the large num­ber of routes an­nounced at one time, he said, “I don’t think we’ve ever done that many.”

Fron­tier plans to add 18 Air­bus planes this year.

Af­ter older planes are re­tired from the fleet, Fron­tier will have a net gain of nine planes to help cover the new routes.

The car­rier was offering in­tro­duc­tory fares start­ing at $39 one way for the new routes.

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