Will loss of Frontier bring sky-high fares?

It’s disappointing that Frontier Airlines is halting its flights between Wichita and Denver beginning Nov. 16. The airline, which received a $500,000 annual subsidy through the Kansas Affordable Airfares Program in partnership with Wichita and Sedgwick County, helped curb airfares of flights headed west. Since Frontier began service in October 2007, traffic to the top Western markets is up 23 percent and fares are down 29 percent. Without any competitor, will United Airlines now jack up its fares for flights from Wichita through Denver? Airfares soared and passenger rates fell when Vanguard Airlines dropped its Wichita service in 1997.