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Des Moines International Airport has lost its solely direct flight to San Francisco International Airport. 

Frontier Airways announced the addition of a seasonal nonstop between Des Moines and San Francisco in 2017. The news was celebrated by central Iowa’s entrepreneurial and tech communities, which have clamored for a direct connection to Silicon Valley for years. 

But that seasonal flight won’t return this spring. 

“This was a seasonal route and right now it isn’t returning,” Frontier spokeswoman Kelsy Hustead stated. “Nevertheless, we are all the time evaluating our routes.”

A Frontier Airbus A321 passes underneath the landmark pedestrian bridge at Denver International Airport on Might 7, 2017. (Photograph: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, particular for USA TODAY)

Kevin Foley, government director of the Des Moines International Airport, stated the flight “did properly.” Frontier flew its final flight between San Francisco and Des Moines in November 2018. 

San Francisco is growing in reputation among Des Moines vacationers, rating excessive on the record of the town’s most frequented destinations.

“San Francisco was number 15 or 16,” Foley stated. “In the present day it’s number 10 on our prime 10.”

The Des Moines Airport recorded report passenger visitors in 2018: Greater than 2.7 million individuals boarded or deplaned from Iowa’s capital city — a 7.6 % improve over the the airport’s 2.6 million passengers in 2017.

Frontier carried one hundred forty,790 Des Moines passengers last yr, the lowest variety of any airline servicing the airport. While finances airlines have grown in reputation, legacy airlines American, Delta and United carried more than three-quarters of all Des Moines vacationers last yr.

Business airways present direct service to 20 destinations from the Des Moines airport, though some of those flights are only offered on a seasonal basis. 

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