Low-fare carrier Frontier Airlines will again provide Knoxville to Denver service, the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority announced today.
At least for a while.
Frontier, which phased out its Knoxville to Denver service late last year said it will resume the flights on May 17. The service will continue through early September, according to a news release.
UPDATE: This post has been corrected to show that the average airfare nationally increased in the first quarter.
Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport is no longer ranked among the most expensive airports in the
country, the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority said today.
In the first quarter, airfares at McGhee Tyson Airport dropped an average of 9.5 percent, according to the latest federal statistics.
That was the largest decrease in average fares among the top 100 airports nationwide, according the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
American Airlines service to Knoxville will continue as scheduled even though the company has filed bankruptcy, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority said Tuesday.
“We anticipate flights will continue as normal and if people have tickets they will be honored,” Airport Authority spokeswoman Becky Huckabee said.
American Eagle, a subsidiary of the Forth Worth-based airline, operates 10 flights per day out of McGhee Tyson.
McGhee Tyson Airport will soon have full-body imaging equipment to screen passengers, a Transportation Security Administration spokesman said Tuesday.
Sometime in the next few weeks, a millimeter wave advanced imaging technology machine will be installed at the Knoxville airport, TSA spokesman Jonathan Allen said.
A specific deployment schedule has not been determined, but TSA will provide advance public notice.
My wife, Cheryl, who passed through the airport this morning, said a group of what appeared to be TSA officials were making measurements at the security gate.
Knoxville was included today in a Wall Street Journal report on cities with the highest average airfares. Probably not surprising to metro area business travelers.
Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport has the eighth highest average ticket price in the country, according to an analysis by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation. It’s not the kind of publicity McGhee Tyson officials like, but spokeswoman Becky Huckabee said the No. 8 ranking represents improvement.
A year ago, Knoxville had the third-highest average airfare, according to the transportation bureau. She expects Knoxville to slide further down the rankings next year with “the addition of Frontier Airlines and US Airways lower prices to Washington, D.C.”
The battle of low-fare airlines is heating up in Knoxville.
The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority said it will make a “major announcement” on Wednesday about “a new low fare air airline coming to McGhee Tyson Airport.”
The newcomer will join an ever-growing roster of low fare airlines serving McGhee Tyson.