Could Denver Have Done More to Hold Onto Frontier Jobs?

November 11 2009, 10:53 AM

In some bad news for Colorado's economy, Frontier Airlines is expected to move hundreds of jobs out of Denver and Las Cruces, New Mexico, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The impact in Denver will come in the loss of as many as 220 jobs in Frontier's heavy-maintenance department, according to 7News. Frontier spokesman Steve Snyder confirms this, noting Coloradans should not view the move as the end of Frontier in Denver, following a recent takeover by Republic Airways Holdings. "We're a little over 4,000 employees that are based in Colorado, so you're still talking a large percentage of jobs that will stay here," Snyder says. "Denver will still remain a major hub" for the airline. The decision, nonetheless, has left local officials voicing disappointment and explanations. Mayor John Hickenlooper says Milwaukee had free hanger space available, something Denver just didn't have: "We offered every incentive conceivable to Republic Airways, but we can't pay their rent for them" (via the Denver Business Journal). But aviation consultant Mike Boyd isn't surprised and thinks Denver could have done more. "Airlines have to make money, and they're going to move jobs to where they can make money. Colorado is just not a business-friendly state, as far as that goes," he tells 9News. "The airline made it clear, taxes on parts and other issues. Fix that, and we can keep those jobs here. The city couldn't do it."

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