Frontier Airlines, which operates a hub at Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport (MKE), announced on Saturday the membership of the Frontier Airline Pilots Association (FAPA) had voted to ratify a previous agreement with corporate parent Republic Airways Holdings, approving their participation in restructuring the ownership of the airline over the next couple of years.
The agreement, approving an unspecified equity stake in Frontier Airlines for the pilots and further restructuring of ownership of the airline, in exchange for pay and benefits concessions, was filed by Republic with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on June 10.
The vote ratifying the agreement was overwhelming, with 89% of FAPA membership participating and a vote count of 498 to 58, or 89.6% in favor and 10.4% opposed.
In the announcement, Frontier CEO Bryan Bedford stressed “It’s business as usual at Frontier,” adding that the past week brought the airline some of its highest booking days so far this year.
At Mitchell Airport, travelers will likely see little or no difference in Frontier's day-to-day operations, as company restructuring begins. Future developments outlined in the plan, such as aircraft changes and more equity partners coming on board, might get noticed, especially by frequent flyers.