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Frontier Airlines pilots approved a new contract in voting that ended Thursday following nearly three years of negotiations.

Of the pilots for the Denver-based budget carrier eligible to vote, 77 percent backed the deal, the Air Line Pilots Association International said. The pilots union said the contract, which will take effect next Wednesday, will provide an average 53 percent pay increase.

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Frontier Airlines pilots will be voting on whether to accept a new contract proposal over the holidays.

Union leaders on Wednesday unanimously backed sending the deal to a vote after over two years of contract negotiations with the Denver-based discount carrier.

Union spokesman Capt. Alan Christie says voting will begin Dec. 20 and wrap up Jan. 10.

The Air Line Pilots Association will be holding meetings with pilots in Denver, Chicago and Las Vegas starting next week to discuss the deal, which it says includes improvements to pay, work rules and benefits.