Statement from Capt. Brian Ketchum, Chairman of the Frontier Airlines Master Executive Council of the Air Line Pilots Association, Regarding Weekend Operational Disruptions at Denver International Airport

Release #FFT 16.03

December 19, 2016

“While weather conditions made operations for all airlines at DIA more challenging last weekend, this most recent meltdown by Frontier is due to the same executive mismanagement and misplaced focus on cost-cutting that has placed Frontier near the very bottom of the industry in operational performance and customer satisfaction.  Leaving passengers and even their own cockpit and cabin crews stranded for hours without information is outrageous — even more so when this quarter was one of the airline’s most profitable ever financially.

“Frontier’s private investors, led by William Franke and Indigo Partners, must decide whether they want to run a reliable airline or loot it. If it’s the former, they must invest in the infrastructure and front-line employees who are trying to succeed without corporate support.”

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