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Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport welcomes Frontier Airlines' first flight
By: Kevin Christopher
11/15/12 11:34 AM

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For Release: Nov. 15, 2012
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            With the help of a water cannon salute, Frontier Airlines’ inaugural flight to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport arrived from Denver International Airport during a welcoming ceremony this afternoon.  Frontier will offer daily non-stop service between Mesa and Denver.  Frontier is the third airline to service Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and the first to carry daily daytime service to a major metropolitan airport and international hub.
            “Frontier’s commencement of service to its Denver hub makes Gateway Airport a literal gateway to the world,” Mesa Mayor and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Board Chair Scott Smith said.  “It means East Valley travelers can now fly to destinations around the country and the world with a single plane change.”
            The new passenger service will benefit both business and leisure travel to and from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. 
            “The new connection invites metro Denver residents to experience a whole new destination in Mesa and our surrounding region,” Visit Mesa President and CEO Marc Garcia said. “The flight opens up endless opportunities for us to promote Mesa’s desert warmth and travel amenities to new domestic and international markets.”    
            Frontier Airlines is in its 19th year of operation.  With Denver International Airport serving as its primary hub, Frontier offers service to more than 80 destinations in the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic,.  The tail of each Frontier airplane is painted with a unique “spokesanimal.”
            “We are excited to bring our low fares and choice of great service features to travelers in Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler and Queen Creek,” Frontier Airlines Vice President, Network and Revenue, Greg Aretakis said.  “Frontier will set itself apart in the East Valley as the airline of choice with our low fares, friendly service, and our nationwide network of destinations.”
            Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport currently serves 38 cities with non-stop service via Frontier, Allegiant and Spirit Airlines, as well as eight more cities with continuing service, and contributes $685 million annually to the Arizona economy.  Since commercial service began at Gateway in October, 2007, the airport has served more than 3.8 million passengers. 
            “The addition of Frontier adds to the incredible growth we are experiencing at Gateway,” Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Board Past Chair and Gilbert Mayor John Lewis said.  “This service complements current Frontier Airlines activity at Sky Harbor Airport and is a ‘coming of age’ for Valley travelers as they now have a choice of airports when flying to Denver on Frontier.”
            For more information about Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, visit  For more information about Frontier Airlines, visit

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