by Greg Mengarelli, Mayor, City of Prescott
We are pleased to announce new Essential Air Service (EAS) for Prescott Regional Airport (PRC), featuring commercial jet service for the first time in our aviation history.
SkyWest Airlines, operating as United Airlines Express, has been approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation and began operations on Aug. 29. This is a game changer for air travel, not just in the Quad Cities, but in all of northcentral Arizona.
United Express will fly 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200s jets from Prescott to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) six days a week, and to Denver International (DEN) seven days a week, with one roundtrip each day. Within the United Airlines system, Prescott passengers will be able to connect with over 650 worldwide destinations. They will be able to use United’s booking system, their own travel agent or favorite online booking site.
This changes the paradigm for air travel in our region. Here’s why: For most air travelers in the Quad Cities, Payson, Verde Valley, Sedona and Flagstaff, the options have been limited. Air travel involved a commute to Phoenix, with a minimum of a two-hour trip each way. Cost of gas, travel time, hotel rooms and possible highway closures have made the Phoenix route stressful and costly. Before now, there was not a good alternative.
Now you can make an easy trip to PRC, park for free and go through a relaxed and comfortable security and terminal experience, before boarding a plane that will get you almost anywhere in the world with one stop. If your destination is LA or Denver, it’s a non-stop trip.
Additionally, Prescott will benefit from an increase in travelers coming to town. Los Angeles is the No. 1 tourism market for Prescott outside of Arizona. The Prescott Tourism Office has promoted Prescott’s “True West, Real Adventure” campaign to L.A. for the past few years. This air service will complement our marketing efforts and bring more visitors from Southern California.
I want to thank Airport Director Dr. Robin Sobotta and her team at PRC, the Airport Advisory Committee, the Prescott City Council, the Prescott Valley Town Council and the rest of area leadership for their support of this new endeavor.
Now, it’s our turn to support this new air service in Prescott. The airline has indicated it is open to adding flights if demand is there. Go to United.com to book your flight today. We are excited about this new air travel opportunity.
It’s a game changer for our region.