Frontier To Charge USD$100 For Flying Antlers

May 23, 2008

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Bankrupt Frontier Airlines said on Friday it will increase the charge for taking antlers on its planes to USD$100 from USD$75.

Colorado-based Frontier is the latest airline to announce new fees in an attempt to counter the cost of record oil prices, which have roughly doubled in the past year.

"During hunting season, people do bring antlers back in cargo" said a spokeswoman for Frontier. "If you look at some of the other airlines, they also have an actual antlers fee, so it does happen," she added.

Frontier said it also plans to charge a USD$25 fee for a second checked bag, cancel half-price infant seats and take no more bookings for pets traveling in cabins.

The fee for children traveling alone on Frontier flights will increase to USD$50 from USD$40.

"Unfortunately, we need to review our fee structure to help offset this incredible increase in fuel," said Frontier Chief Executive Sean Menke.

Frontier is also taking measures to reduce aircraft fuel burn, including new software that optimizes flight tracks based on air traffic and weather conditions, installation of lighter leather seats, and the use of more fuel-efficient aircraft.

Frontier received US court approval last month to operate in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The airline, founded in 1994, competes with Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways from its hub in Denver.

Sky-high fuel prices and a weakening US economy have stalled the US airline industry's modest recovery from the 2001-2006 downturn.

Seven small airlines have filed for bankruptcy or stopped operating in the past five months.

(Reuters)