220 passengers did something Tuesday night no one had done in three years– board a Frontier Airlines flight in Fresno.

It’s a far cry from early 2015, when bankruptcy forced Frontier to reorganize and pull out of the Central Valley.

Business is better now.

“Frontier is making money for the first time in its 21 year history,” said airline spokesman Richard Oliver.  “So that has allowed us to come back into these markets that we left before.”

Oliver says Frontier has added a new city each week this year, looking for cities that are underserved or overpriced.
Fresno’s service to Denver, he says, is overpriced.

Frontier’s new flight schedule– three nights a week– will give passengers another option that is typically cheaper.

“Just because you get a cheap flight doesn’t mean you get cheap service,” says Oliver.

Airport spokesperson Vikkie Calderon says Fresno Yosemite International is celebrating Frontier’s return.  

She says they are constantly talking with airlines, looking to expand or add service.

But are there specific plans with other airlines not currently in Fresno, like Southwest?  She stopped short at mentioning specifics.

“It’s always an ongoing process with air service development.”