The Tyler Pounds Regional Airport entered a new era Tuesday with service from Frontier Airlines taking off on its first flight.
Flight 215 took off at 4:57 p.m. for Denver, officially giving Tyler a second air carrier out of Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.
It was the first non-American Airlines flights out of the airport since April 5, 2016. United Airlines canceled its flights to Houston, leaving four daily flights to DFW as the only commercial aviation option in Tyler.
Frontier is offering seasonal flights to Denver, the airline’s headquarters, on Tuesday, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
It is offering right now a $39 one-way ticket. For a limited time, the airline is also hosting a program where children fly free.
“It’s really nice,” said Madelise Holoweny, one of the passengers on the inaugural Tyler-to-Denver flight. “I know it’s really expensive to fly out of Shreveport, and also to drive all the way to Dallas, so this is a great, affordable way to fly there.”