Denver-based Frontier Airlines today added a non stop flight from San Antonio Raleigh Durham North Carolina, the 44th city to be served with non stop airline service from San Antonio, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Frontier's Trista Miller says its the 14th non stop her airline has added to San Antonio since it entered the local market two years ago.
"When you fly Frontier, you'll have a seat on the newest fleet in the air," she said. "When was the last time you experienced that new airplane smell?"
Deputy San Antonio Aviation Director Tom Bartlett says Raleigh Durham, which is home to the University of North Carolina and Duke University, and the gateway to Ft. Bragg, is a key destination for San Antonio travelers. He points out that 60,000 people traveled from San Antonio to Raleigh Durham in 2016.
"Raleigh Durham is the home of some great educational institutions, but it is also home to the largest active duty military populations," he said.
He says Raleigh Durham is also a key location for cyber security development, as is San Antonio.
44 non stops is key in the fight by the city's aviation department to beef up service from San Antonio International. Several business leaders have criticized the Airport recently for not keeping up with the city's growth, and even Bexar County Judge said the shortcomings of the Airport was the main reason he didn't think that Amazon's HQ2 was out of reach for San Antonio.
Bartlett pointed out that non stop service not only means people from San Antonio traveling to Raleigh Durham, but people from North Carolina traveling to San Antonio.
"Allow me to be the first person to extend an invitation to all of the people of Raleigh Durham to visit San Antonio, especially during this Tricentennial year," he said.