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Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Announces Best Year Ever and New Nonstop Service to Grand Junction, CO and Kalispell, MT

Mesa, Arizona — Record breaking growth hit yet another important milestone for Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (Gateway Airport, Airport) with the Airport announcing that it welcomed 142,667 passengers in December. This marks the fifteenth consecutive month of passenger growth, the eighth consecutive month of record-setting activity, and the best calendar year of passenger traffic in the history of the Airport. A record 1,531,648 passengers traveled through Gateway Airport in 2018, surpassing the previous high water mark set in 2012 by more than 10%.

In addition, Allegiant has announced new twice-weekly nonstop service from Gateway Airport to Grand Junction, Colorado and Kalispell, Montana beginning in April and May respectively. The addition of these two popular destinations is sure to bring increased economic benefit to the entire Phoenix East Valley.

“We’re excited to announce this expansion in one of the most popular destinations in our network--Phoenix,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant vice president of planning and revenue. “The Valley of the Sun offers visitors great dining, relaxing spas, beautiful golf courses and amazing outdoor activities.”

“Today’s announcement by Gateway Airport is great news for air travelers looking for value and convenience when they need to fly,” said Apache Junction Mayor Jeff Serdy, chair of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority. “Each additional flight attracted to Gateway Airport improves access and provides tremendous economic benefit for the entire region.”

J. Brian O’Neill A.A.E., PMGAA Executive Director added, “The Greater Phoenix Area continues to be a top destination for corporate relocations and tourism-related activities. Gateway Airport would like to thank its airline partners, airport tenants, passengers, and member communities for making 2018 a record year.”


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Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Media Contact:
Ryan Smith, Director of Communications and Government Relations
Phone: 480-988-7617