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NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 15, 2011


Gateway Airport Celebrates National Aviation Day

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Brian Sexton, Public Information Officer
480-988-7618
bsexton@phxmesagateway.org                                                                                             August 15, 2011


Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Celebrates National Aviation Day 2011

National Aviation Day is Friday, August 19, and in conjunction with the Arizona Airport Association (AzAA) Gateway Airport is highlighting its achievements. Gateway Airport supports over 4,100 jobs and generates $685 million to the local economy each year. Over 2.2 million passengers have used Gateway since scheduled service began in late 2007. In 2010, Gateway had 177,874 operations (take-offs and landings), making it the 60th busiest in the country. We are proud to be a vital link in Arizona’s aviation industry.

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is an airport member of AzAA which works throughout the year to promote aviation. This industry provides a substantial contribution to our state’s economic growth.  Aviation supplies 38 billion dollars to the state’s economy along with 470,000 jobs, or 10% of the state’s total employment.  Arizona’s 84 airports serve as a gateway to the 45 million passengers who rely on air transportation to reach the state each year.

Established in 1939 by presidential proclamation, National Aviation Day coincides with Orville Wright’s birthday.  The Wright Brothers are credited for having built the world’s first successful airplane with aircraft controls.  National Aviation Day is a time to celebrate and promote the aviation industry.  With all that Aviation has brought to Arizona, we have much to celebrate.

For more information about Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, please visit www.justplaneeasy.com.


The Arizona Airports Association (AzAA) was formed in 1979 to bring together the representatives of public and private airports and others interested in the general benefit of aviation to provide information, expertise and support to all those in the State's aviation industry.  Further, the Association works to foster public recognition of airports and the airport executive profession, and to assist in the future development of air transportation in Arizona.