Release #: FFT 18.09
November 12, 2018

Frontier Pilots Reach Agreement in Principle with Company on New Contract

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Frontier Airlines pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), announced they have reached an agreement in principle (AIP) on a collective bargaining agreement after more than two-and-a half-years of negotiations with management. This agreement must be reviewed and approved by the Frontier ALPA Master Executive Council (MEC), which will vote on whether to send it out to the pilot group for a full ratification vote.

The AIP includes substantial improvements to pay, work rules, retirement, health insurance, and disability benefits. It retains the value of existing contract scheduling and vacation language and includes a $75 million ratification bonus to recognize the lengthy period of time it took to negotiate this agreement.

“ALPA’s goal from the beginning of negotiations has been to attain a market-rate agreement that brought the Frontier pilots into line with our professional peers who fly similar aircraft and routes,” said Frontier MEC chairman Capt. Tracy Smith. “We believe with this agreement we have achieved that goal.”

ALPA has been in contract talks with Frontier since March 2016, and the two sides have been in federal mediation since November 2016. Frontier’s pilots are the lowest-paid in the United States for their aircraft type and are the last in the nation who still work under a contract negotiated while their airline was in bankruptcy.

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilot union, representing more than 61,000 pilots at 34 airlines in the United States and Canada, including the more than 1,200 Frontier Airlines pilots. Visit the ALPA website at or follow us on Twitter @WeAreALPA.