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Frontier Airlines is adding four new cities to its route map, part of a broader 35-route (mostly seasonal) expansion announced by the airline this week.

The four cities getting new Frontier service are Birmingham, Ala.; Branson, Mo.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and Savannah, Ga. Service from those airports will be phased in between April 11 and June 13. Frontier previously served Branson in 2014, but the three other destinations are new to the carrier’s network.

It all comes as Frontier announced nearly three-dozen non-stop routes that will dramatically grow its presence in several markets.

But the expansion has caveats. All but two of the new routes are seasonal and most have just two or three flights a week. (Scroll down for a full list)  Frontier also is discontinuing several other routes that had tepid demand; the airline is known for quickly abandoning routes that do not meet expectations.

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Among the markets Frontier has targeted for growth in the latest announcement:

Raleigh Durham: Frontier’s addition of six new routes – Buffalo, Houston Bush Intercontinental, Milwaukee, New Orleans, San Antonio and San Juan, Puerto Rico – will make it the second-biggest carrier there in terms of non-stop destinations served (15), according to the airline. Delta flies to the most destinations (25) non-stop from RDU.  

Austin: An even bigger expansion for Frontier comes in the Texas capital, where the “ultra low-cost carrier” is adding a whopping 14 new destinations. That will give Frontier 30 seasonal and year-round routes out of Austin, which the carrier says will also make it the No. 2 airline there in terms of non-stop destinations. Southwest is tops there.

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Elsewhere: Frontier calculates its latest expansion will make it the No. 2 carrier (by destinations served) at four other airports. That includes Denver, Frontier’s hometown and biggest base, where the airline will serve 77 non-stop destinations. The others are Philadelphia (27 non-stop routes), Jacksonville (6) and San Antonio (14).

At the Islip/MacArthur Airport on New York’s Long Island, Frontier says it will offer more non-stop destinations than any other airline with 12. Frontier said in its latest announcement that it would begin flying non-stop between Islip and Myrtle Beach, S.C., and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

However, local media on Long Island have nearly simultaneously reported that the carrier is ending service from Long Island to Miami, New Orleans and Fort Myers, Fla. Frontier has billed the discontinuations as a “seasonal adjustments,” though its footprint in Islip would drop to nine non-stop destinations if the three routes do not return.

Scroll down for the launch and schedule details of the routes announced in Frontier’s latest expansion (all routes are seasonal unless noted):

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Albuquerque

Austin: Three weekly flights begin April 9

Orlando: Three weekly flights begin April 8

Atlanta

Providence: Three weekly flights begin April 8

Austin 

Albuquerque: Three weekly flights begin April 9

Buffalo: Two weekly flights begin April 8 

Charleston, S.C.: Two weekly flights begin April 10

Detroit: Three weekly flights begin April 9

Indianapolis: Two weekly flights begin April 10

Jacksonville: Two weekly flights begin April 8

Milwaukee: Two weekly flights begin April 9

Minneapolis-St. Paul: Four weekly flights begin April 8

Omaha: Two weekly flights begin April 9

Portland, Ore.: Three weekly flights begin April 8

Providence: Three weekly flights begin April 9

Reno: Two weekly flights begin April 10 

Seattle: Four weekly flights begin April 9

Tampa: Two weekly flights begin April 8

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Birmingham

Denver: Three weekly flights begin April 12 (year-round)

Orlando: Two weekly flights begin April 13 (year-round)

Philadelphia: Two weekly flights begin April 11

Branson, Mo.

Denver: Three weekly flights begin June 13

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Buffalo

Austin: Two weekly flights begin April 8 

Raleigh-Durham: Two weekly flights begin April 11

Charleston, S.C.

Austin: Two weekly flights begin April 10

Trenton, N.J.: Three weekly flights begin April 8

Denver

Branson, Mo.: Three weekly flights begin June 13

Birmingham: Three weekly flights begin April 12

Myrtle Beach S.C.: Two weekly flights begin May 23

Savannah/Hilton Head: Two weekly flights begin May 4

Detroit

Austin: Three weekly flights begin April 9

Houston Bush Intercontinental

Raleigh-Durham: Three weekly flights begin April 8

Indianapolis 

Austin: Two weekly flights begin April 10

Jacksonville 

Austin: Two weekly flights begin April 8

Trenton, N.J.: Three weekly flights begin April 9

Islip/Long Island, N.Y. 

Myrtle Beach, S.C.:Three weekly flights begin May 20

San Juan, Puerto Rico: Daily flights begin April 8

Milwaukee

Austin: Two weekly flights begin April 9

Raleigh-Durham: Three weekly flights begin April 8

Minneapolis-St. Paul

Austin: Four weekly flights begin April 8

Myrtle Beach, S.C. 

Denver: Two weekly flights begin May 23

Long Island, N.Y.: Three weekly flights begin May 20

Trenton, N.J.: Four weekly flights begin May 21

New Orleans 

Raleigh-Durham: Two weekly flights begin April 9

Nashville 

Trenton, N.J.: Three weekly flights begin April 8

Omaha 

Austin: Two weekly flights begin April 9

Orlando 

Albuquerque: Three weekly flights begin April 8

Birmingham: Two weekly flights begin April 13

Portland, Ore.

Austin: Three weekly flights begin April 8

Philadelphia 

Savannah, Ga.: Two weekly flights begin May 1

Birmingham, Ala.: Two weekly flights begin April 11

Providence 

Atlanta: Three weekly flights begin April 8

Austin: Three weekly flights begin April 9

Raleigh-Durham 

Buffalo: Two weekly flights begin April 11

Houston Bush Intercontinental: Three weekly flights begin April 8

Milwaukee: Three weekly flights begin April 8

New Orleans: Two weekly flights begin April 9

San Antonio: Two weekly flights begin April 9

San Juan, Puerto Rico: Two weekly flights begin April 11

Reno

Austin: Two weekly flights begin April 10 

San Antonio

Raleigh-Durham: Two weekly flights begin April 9

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Long Island, N.Y.: Daily flights begin April 8

Raleigh-Durham: Two weekly flights begin April 11

Savannah/Hilton Head

Denver: Two weekly flights begin May 4

Philadelphia: Two weekly flights begin May 1

Seattle

Austin: Four weekly flights begin April 9

Tampa

Austin: Two weekly flights begin April 8

Trenton, N.J.

Charleston, S.C.: Three weekly flights begin April 8

Jacksonville: Three weekly flights begin April 9

Myrtle Beach, S.C.: Four weekly flights begin May 21

Nashville: Three weekly flights begin April 8

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