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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 Authority will host Gateway Aviation Day, presented by Eastmark on Saturday, March 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event is open to the public and will provide up-close viewing of civilian aircraft, as well as many aviation exhibits and family friendly activities.

“As the Airport Authority celebrates its 20th anniversary this month, we’re going to celebrate by hosting Aviation Day and honoring our U.S. military with actors from The Palms Theatre in Mesa performing songs from ‘South Pacific’ amongst WWII-era aircraft,” said Airport Authority Executive Director, Jane Morris. “It’ll be a good time for everyone.”

The Palms Theatre performance is scheduled at 10:00 a.m. on the Wells Fargo stage.

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

Gateway Aviation Day activities will include:
•           Nearly 50 aircraft on display
•           Aviation exhibits
•           Kids’ Zone
•           Food & Entertainment

“We’ve worked hard to keep this event free to the public,” said Airport Community Relations Coordinator, Patrick Oakley. “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 play in bounce houses and air-filled obstacle courses. There will be a lot to see and do.”

The event’s entrance is located at the Airport’s park located at 5803 South Sossaman Road. A free parking shuttle will run from the parking area located near the air traffic control tower to the event site. There is not an ADA drop off available. However, ADA parking will be available across the street from the event.

About Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority
The Airport Authority 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 to 35 cities via Allegiant and has 1,000 acres of undeveloped land available for future job growth in the East Valley. For more information, visit


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