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Gateway Airport’s Passenger Traffic Up 51%

MESA, Ariz. — Passenger volume at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA) for the first quarter of 2012 posted a 51 percent gain in comparison to last year.

After a January that increased 30 percent over last year, February and March increased by 60%. March was a record month with 167,550 departing and arriving passengers. Looking at the quarter as a whole, AZA served 378,144 travelers in comparison to 250,557 in the first quarter of 2011.

The increase is attributed to additional destinations and frequencies of service by Allegiant Travel Group, and new service by Spirit Airlines.

In calendar year 2011, AZA served a total of 956,665 total passengers, and Airport staff forecast 1.2 million will use the Airport in 2012.

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




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