The City of Prescott announced in early July that SkyWest Airlines/United Express was awarded a contract for three more years at Prescott Regional Airport-Ernest A. Love Field (PRC). The extension permits the airline to continue flying in and out of PRC through 2023.
The contract is for essential air service and was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. SkyWest was awarded the earlier EAS contract in August 2018.
The City press release indicated that air service assures “continuation of double-hub, nonstop service for Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and the Verde Valley leisure and business travelers, commencing on Sept. 1, 2020.”
City officials said they appreciated the continuation of the air service contract. Dr. Robin Sobotta, PRC airport manager, said, “We value the strong partnership that has been forged between SkyWest Airlines, operating as United Express, and the City of Prescott.”
SkyWest Airlines managing director of market development Greg Atkin said the airline is “pleased to continue serving the Prescott area and know our passengers can fly with confidence thanks to the additional measures being taken on every flight.”
Passenger enplanements into and out of Prescott continue to increase. United Express, operated by SkyWest Airlines, offers daily nonstop service from Prescott to Denver and Los Angeles. Though numbers haven’t reached the same high level they were before the COVID-19 pandemic, they are beginning to rebound.
Kristi Miller, PRC management analyst, said daily flights between Prescott and Denver or Prescott and Los Angeles are attracting more customers. Under the new contract, passengers will be able to fly between PRC and Denver or PRC and Los Angeles on 50-passenger Bombardier CJJ 200 jet aircraft.
Online booking for flight is available at www.united.com. More information about Prescott Regional Airport is available at www.prcairport.com.