DOVER, Del.- Travelers in Delaware will not have to drive as far to catch a flight cross-country.
Commercial service is returning to Wilmington.
Starting July 1, Frontier Airlines will offer three flights a week from Wilmington to Chicago and Houston.
There will also be flights to Denver, Tampa and Orlando.
These flights end a five-year stretch of no commercial service in Delaware, after Skybus Airlines shut down and filed for bankruptcy in 2008.
Some people who live in Kent County welcome the added flights. Travelers say it will help cut down on frustration when traveling.
"You never know what you face, whether it's the weather, the time travel, traffic, anything," said Kalpana Sheth of Dover.
Sheth scheduled a vacation leaving from Philadelphia's airport.
Sheth and others say now that Frontier Airlines will have flights leaving from New Castle County, things will become more convenient.
"You're going to look for flights that are actually from the local region as opposed to ones that are further away," said Edward Moore who works in Dover.
Workers at JetsSet Travel American Express say they couldn't be more excited about the changes to come.
"There's a lot of people in our area that travel and some have gone as far as New York just to get an affordable good flight," said Angela Armutcu, owner of JetSet Travel American Express.
Others say the added flights won't make a big impact.
"I don't think it makes that much of a difference because anyone who is willing to travel will most likely get to Philadelphia. It would probably be a 20 or 30 minute difference. If anything, it would be a parking difference," said Caitlin Freeman of Dover.
For those like Barbara Peterson, convenience is what it's all about.
"I do travel a lot and I think it's wonderful. I really do," said Peterson.
Armutcu says she hopes Frontier Airlines will help boost Delaware's economy.
"Frontier, being as competitive as they've been out of Philadelphia, will give USAir and a couple of the other carriers a run for their money," said Armutcu.
"It's closer. It's more efficient, convenient. It saves a lot of time and trouble and that's more fun. It creates less pressure on you," said Sheth.
Frontier Airlines is based in Denver and operates more than 350 flights each day to more than 80 destinations.
Tickets to are selling now.
Some tickets are priced as low as $49 each way if you buy them by April 20.
Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:33 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:33:21 GMT
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