Midwest and Frontier announce a new codeshare agreement


Midwest Airlines and Frontier Airlines on Monday announced a new codeshare agreement that enables each carrier to sell tickets on the other’s flights.

Such agreements typically expand the number of destinations available to both airlines while consolidating ticketing and customer service functions. The agreement, scheduled to start by late summer, will expand Frontier’s network by enabling its customers to connect to a Midwest flight through Midwest’s hub in Milwaukee, all using the same Frontier code. Midwest customers also will see an expanded network by connecting on Frontier and Lynx Aviation flights in Denver.

Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: RJET) said June 23 that it will buy Midwest Airlines, a day after announcing plans to buy bankrupt Frontier Airlines.

Milwaukee-based Midwest has a hub at Kansas City International Airport, and Denver-based Frontier flew about 10 flights out of KCI before it filed for bankruptcy in April 2008. Midwest had a 6.4 percent market share at KCI in April — the most recent month for which the Kansas City Aviation Department has data — and Frontier had a 3.1 percent market share. Frontier occupies two gates in KCI’s Terminal C, and Midwest occupies three gates in Terminal A.

The codeshare agreement also will enable members of each airline’s frequent-flier programs to earn miles while flying the other airline’s routes. More details of the program, along with specific cities that will be available for the codeshare, will be announced later, Frontier said.