Mobile Takes Flight
On May 1, 2019 a groundbreaking moment took place as the first commercial inbound flight at Mobile’s Brookley’s Aeroplex since the 1940’s took place. The inaugural flight was aboard an Airbus A320 plane that was built in Mobile at the Airbus manufacturing plant, which is a short distance from the Downtown Mobile Airport. It was delivered to Frontier on March 22 of this year. Frontier Flight 413 to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport was the first ever flight to depart from the approximately $8 million new terminal. The president of Mobile Airport Authority, Chris Curry and Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson were on the inaugural Chicago-bound flight. Commercial air service has long occurred at Mobile Regional Airport in the far western edges of the city. But hampered with high fares and few choices outside the legacy airlines – Delta, American Airlines and United – city officials and the Mobile Airport Authority have pressed forward with a long-term goal of shifting the city’s entire commercial service to the Brookley Aeroplex.
Frontier’s arrival into Mobile is the third airport in Alabama for the company to fly out of within the past 13 months. Frontier began with departures to Denver and Orlando International Airport from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport last April. Frontier began flights from Huntsville International Airport in October of last year.