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NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 30, 2013


Gateway Airport Celebrates Five Millionth Passenger
Milestone comes less than six years after scheduled service begins

Mesa, Ariz. – Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority (PMGAA), Allegiant Travel Group, and Visit Mesa celebrated the arrival of the ceremonial five millionth passenger with cheers, cake, and entertainment. The lucky recipient, Marni Allen of Oro Valley, was presented a certificate for two round trip tickets from Allegiant.

“To advance to five million passengers in less than six years is a major accomplishment,” Queen Creek Mayor and PMGAA Board Vice Chairman Gail Barney said. “Congratulations to Allegiant for their success and congratulations to Arizona residents for proving that commercial service at Gateway can be successful.”

Scheduled service began in October 2007 with two aircraft serving eight cities. Today, Allegiant serves 31 cities with MD-83, Airbus 319, and Boeing 757 aircraft and Airport officials prepare to welcome more than 1.5 million more passengers in 2013.

“More than five years ago, Allegiant began a successful partnership with the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport by offering residents of 13 different communities low-cost, nonstop flights and complete vacation packages in Phoenix,” stated Allegiant Travel Company President, Andrew Levy. “The support of the communities has allowed us to expand our service, bringing visitors from 31 different communities into the area, as well as offering low-cost, nonstop flights allowing area residents to visit friends and family. We thank the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and our customers for their continued support in this region, as this milestone would not have been reached without them.”

About Gateway Airport
The Airport was established in 1994 and is owned and operated by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority, which consists of Mesa, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Gila River Indian Community, Phoenix, and Apache Junction. Gateway Airport offers nonstop passenger service via Allegiant and Spirit Airlines with nonstop flights to over 35 cities. For more information, visit www.phxmesagateway.org.

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Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Media Contact:
Brian Sexton
Phone: 480-988-7618
Email: bsexton@phxmesagateway.org