Frontier Airlines announces 120 layoffs at Mitchell International

Frontier Airlines has announced they'll lay off 120 employees at Mitchell International Airport and the Mitchell Maintenance Facility in January. This announcement comes the same week that Republic Airways, which owns Frontier, announced they'd like to sell the airline, or spin it off to shareholders.

In 2010, Republic announced that Midwest Airlines and Frontier would merge, and the Midwest brand disappeared in fall of 2011. Midwest was known for its all business class seating arrangement, leather seats, and iconic fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies.

In 2009, Republic acquired Midwest Airlines, for $31 million, beating out Southwest, and in 2008, Midwest Airline's parent company, Midwest Air Group was taken over by TPG Capital, a private investment firm.

Frontier Airlines has reportedly lost $102.4 million this year.