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Frontier Airlines Ending Service to Memphis

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Frontier Airlines is ending its relationship with Republic Airlines and will eliminate service to several cities in the next few weeks. Memphis service ends June 1st.

Memphis will soon be down to only one low-cost carrier, AirTran.

Excerpt from release follows:

DENVER, April 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Frontier Airlines Holdings,

Inc. today announced it has reached a mutual agreement with Republic Airways

to early terminate the airlines' code sharing agreement. There will be a

structured reduction and gradual phase-out of Republic's 12 aircraft from

Frontier's daily operation to be completed by mid-June.

With 12 aircraft being removed from the fleet, Frontier also announced the

following schedule changes designed to reallocate existing aircraft into

markets with more potential for long term profitability:

-- Sioux City, IA (SUX) - service discontinued on May 12, 2008

-- Jacksonville, FL (JAX) - Service discontinued on May 31, 2008

-- Little Rock, AR (LIT) - Service discontinued on June 1, 2008

-- Memphis, TN (MEM) - Service discontinued on June 1, 2008

-- Tulsa, OK (TUL) - Service discontinued on June 1, 2008

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This is sad news, but with Frontier in bankruptcy and jet fuel costs rising it's no real suprise the firm made cuts to its operations, unfortunately Memphis had to be one of it's cuts.

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The airline industry is really taking hits from the fuel problem and the bad economy in general. I think in 5 or 10 yrs. from now, the whole business will be radically different from what it is today, not just in Memphis with the potential loss of the hub, but with every city.

I've always wondered what Boeing and Airbus have in line for the day that petroleum based fuels will be a thing of the past. For that matter, has FedEx made some plans?

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The airline industry is really taking hits from the fuel problem and the bad economy in general. I think in 5 or 10 yrs. from now, the whole business will be radically different from what it is today, not just in Memphis with the potential loss of the hub, but with every city.

I've always wondered what Boeing and Airbus have in line for the day that petroleum based fuels will be a thing of the past. For that matter, has FedEx made some plans?

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