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Mon, Oct. 14

Letter: Why fly to Sky Harbor when shuttles run?

I have never understood the point of flying between Prescott and Phoenix when you have a choice of driving yourself in one hour and 45 minutes or taking either of two excellent shuttle services that together offer 33 trips to Sky Harbor Airport in two hours. Prescott is too close to Sky Harbor to make flying economically competitive.

If you liken Prescott to Monterey, Santa Barbara and Fresno, those cities have connections to at least one major international carrier - either American Airlines or United Airlines - that uses Los Angeles International Airport or San Francisco International Airport as their hub domestically and internationally.

I am sorry Sky Harbor, but you are not a real hub unless you have a domestic carrier that flies to major U.S. points direct and many foreign capitals direct. I am sorry US Airways, you also do not make the grade in my book.

I would trade in Sky Harbor for Los Angeles International Airport, as much as I hate Los Angeles airport. Increase the frequency to a minimum of five flights daily to make layovers for onward flights more acceptable. Los Angeles airport is a much better jumping-off point and does not have shuttle competition that is killing the present air service. I also would approach the affiliates of American Airlines and United Airlines to visit Prescott.

As a consolation prize let US Airways have Las Vegas, if they would still want it. The increased frequency and advantage of going to the Los Angeles airport would make it viable.

Take the initiative Prescott and bend the rules, if necessary.

Alan Richardson


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