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Gateway Aviation Day Returns to East Valley
Free event provides family fun and up close look at aircraft

MESA, Ariz. — Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport will host Gateway Aviation Day, presented by Sundt Construction on Saturday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event is open to the public and will provide up-close viewing of both military and civilian aircraft, as well as many aviation exhibits and family friendly activities.

“We had over 50 aircraft on display last year and over 10,000 people came out,” said Airport Community Relations Coordinator, Patrick Oakley. “We work hard to put together this free family event and last year’s record turnout shows people appreciate the effort.”

The family event gives kids an opportunity to crawl around the cockpits of planes, helicopters, and municipal vehicles – and the public a glimpse of the recent development projects at the bustling airport.

“We’ve worked hard to keep this event free to the public,” said Public Information Officer, Brian Sexton. “Thanks to our corporate sponsors, both parking and event access are free. The Kids’ Zone, to be located at the Airport’s park, will be a fun area for children to get their face painted, interact with clowns, and roll in the grass. It’ll be a fun-filled family day.”

Admission and parking are free. Canned food donations will be accepted at the gate, benefiting United Food Bank.

Gateway Aviation Day activities will include:

•           Aircraft displays
•           Aviation exhibits
•           Kids’ Zone presented by Wells Fargo
•           Food & Entertainment

The event’s entrance is located at the Airport’s park located at 5803 South Sossaman Road.

About Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport
The Airport was established in 1994 and is owned and operated by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority, which consists of the Gila River Indian Community, Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix, and Queen Creek. Gateway Airport offers nonstop passenger service via Allegiant and Spirit Airlines with flights to over 40 cities nationwide. For more information, visit



Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Media Contact:
Brian Sexton
Phone: 480-988-7618