Originally Published: August 22, 2018 8:44 p.m.
Updated as of Thursday, August 23, 2018 6 AM
With regular United Express flights to Denver and Los Angeles set to begin next week, the City of Prescott and the Prescott Chamber of Commerce plan to welcome the inaugural flights with a public celebration at the Prescott Municipal Airport.
A city news release reports that the festivities will begin at noon, Aug. 29, with a reception at Suzie’s restaurant, located inside the airport terminal.
A ribbon-cutting hosted by the Prescott Chamber of Commerce will follow at 12:25 p.m.
At approximately 1:17 p.m., the first United Express flight from Denver will arrive, with passengers including Mayor Greg Mengarelli, City Councilman Steve Sischka, and City Manager Michael Lamar.
The plane will be received under a “water arch” courtesy of Prescott Fire Department, the news release stated.
At approximately 1:50 p.m., the first United Express Flight to Los Angeles International Airport will depart, carrying at least 31 local business and community leaders, including Mengarelli and former mayors Marlin Kuykendall and Harry Oberg.
“This will be a huge day for the entire region,” Mengarelli said. “We will celebrate with our friends from the state, Yavapai County, Prescott Valley, and our entire community. This air service, with daily flights to Denver, and six days a week to LAX, is a game changer for air travel in northern Arizona. We are excited to get this going.”
United Express, operated by SkyWest Airlines, will fly full-service 50-seat CRJ200 regional jets to L.A. and Denver.
With over 13,000 aviation professionals operating more than 2,300 daily flights, SkyWest Airlines connects millions of passengers each month to 248 destinations across North America, according to the city news release. SkyWest operates in partnership with Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines and has a fleet of 449 aircraft. “Headquartered in St. George, Utah, SkyWest’s industry-leading workforce and excellent leadership team have consistently generated solid operational and economic performance, setting the standard for excellence in the regional industry,” the release added.
Information on the times and fares for the Prescott flights is available on the United Airlines website: https://www.united.com/en/us/.