New Frontier: Low-cost airline lands at MacArthur

Now arriving: Denver-based Frontier Airlines will offer nonstop service from Islip to Orlando beginning in August.

Frontier Airlines will fly in and out of Islip beginning in August, one of several new routes added to the no-frills provider’s flight plan.

The company announced Wednesday that it was adding Town of Islip-owned Long Island MacArthur Airport and T.F. Green Airport – owned by the Rhode Island Airport Corp. and located near Rhode Island’s capital city of Providence – to its schedule. The latter addition will be the nation’s only nonstop service between Denver and Providence, according to Frontier Airlines.

The LIMA service is scheduled to begin Aug. 16 with daily nonstop service to and from Orlando, Fla. It will mark Frontier Airlines’ second New York State port of call, following LaGuardia Airport in Queens, and the third airline to currently offer service through the Islip aerodrome.

Southwest Airlines continues to fly several routes through the central Long Island airport, while American Airlines offers regional service to its Philadelphia hub through its American Eagle offshoot.

Throughout LIMA’s history, several other airlines of various sizes – including some that no longer exist – have operated through the airport, which was built in 1942 by the federal government and Islip Town in response to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. In 1960, Alleghany Airlines became the first commercial passenger carrier to operate at the airfield, offering flights to Boston, Philadelphia and Washington.

Other airlines that have flown in and out of LIMA, originally known as Islip Airport, include United, Continental, Eastern, Braniff International and Mohawk. Delta Express, which offered nonstop flights to multiple Florida locations, pulled out in 2003, and Delta Connection – a regional Delta Airlines jet service operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines – followed in 2008.

The T.F. Green service is scheduled to begin Aug. 14 and will mark the carrier’s first New England destination. The Rhode Island airport is located roughly 60 miles from downtown Boston.

Frontier Airlines also announced plans Wednesday to add new nonstop routes connecting Las Vegas to Florida and North Carolina in August. The latter route will connect Sin City’s McCarran International Airport to Raleigh-Durham International Airport, while the Florida route – direct to Miami – replaces services Frontier suspended earlier this year.

The ultra-cheap carrier – one-way fares start at $69 – flies Airbus A320 jets on all of its routes. The twin-engine workhorses carry upwards of 180 passengers per flight.