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Frontier Airlines to begin offering passenger service at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

Frontier Airlines will begin daily non-stop service between Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and Denver International Airport, making it the third airline to offer regular service from Phoenix’s second airport.

The service will commence Nov. 15. Frontier will be the first airline to offer daily daytime service to a major metropolitan airport and international hub.

“Frontier’s announcement 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 in a news release. “It means east valley travelers can go to destinations across the country and internationally with a single plane change, which is especially important for business.”

Since October 2007, when commercial service began at the airport, Gateway has served more than 3.4 million passengers.

“The non-stop connection between Denver and the Gateway region is a smart one and will expose Frontier passengers to a vibrant new visitor experience east of Phoenix,” Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO Marc Garcia said in a news release. “Denver has long been identified as a top producing feeder market for Arizona and business travel is gaining momentum according to the latest Arizona data. We anticipate the new service will also spark international visitation to Mesa and the Southeast Valley.”

Frontier Airlines is in its 19th year of operation. With Denver International Airport serving as its primary hub, Frontier offers service to more than 70 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.”

“Seeing that Denver is the top air travel destination from Phoenix, this expansion into the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport allows us to further differentiate our product offering, providing greater convenience and access to customers living and working in the east valley community,” Frontier Vice President, Network and Revenue, Greg Aretakis said. “We have received tremendous community support and look forward to bringing our high value, low fare service to east valley travelers who currently have few customer friendly options.”

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