Frontier Airlines to start Atlanta flights to Punta Cana

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 file photo of Frontier Airlines self check-in kiosks inside the domestic terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. (ALYSSA POINTER / ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM)

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020 file photo of Frontier Airlines self check-in kiosks inside the domestic terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. (ALYSSA POINTER / ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM)

Credit: Alyssa Pointer

Credit: Alyssa Pointer

Frontier Airlines announced it will launch weekly nonstop flights from Atlanta to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic starting Dec. 18.

The seasonal route will operate on Saturdays, but the Denver-based ultra low-cost carrier has not yet determined when it will stop the service after the winter season.

The new service will bring some limited competition to Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, which already flies Atlanta-Punta Cana with a much more extensive schedule of three flights a day during the winter season.

Southwest Airlines and its predecessor AirTran Airways previously flew the Atlanta-Punta Cana route, but Southwest discontinued its international flying from Atlanta in 2019.

Frontier, which flies Airbus A320 jets, charges extra for carry-on and checked baggage and in-flight food and beverages, and has been expanding in Atlanta.

The airline just two months ago announced plans for its first international flights from Atlanta, with flights to Montego Bay, Jamaica and Cancun, Mexico starting in November.

With the new Punta Cana route, Frontier says it now has 33 nonstop routes from Atlanta.

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