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Prescott Airport progressing toward 10K enplanement goal

The runways at the Prescott Airport could be busy with commercial air service by mid-May. (Courier, file)

The runways at the Prescott Airport could be busy with commercial air service by mid-May. (Courier, file)

In the City of Prescott’s ongoing quest to reach 10,000 passengers by the end of 2018, the Prescott Regional Airport now has exceeded the 7,500 mark.

In a Friday, Nov. 30, news release, the city reported that it would be providing weekly updates on the airport’s milestones toward the 10,000-enplanement goal for the remainder of the year.

Passenger numbers for the past two weeks:

• Nov. 18-24 (Thanksgiving week) — 578 passengers boarded 13 flights, equating to an 88.9 percent load factor, which means that nearly 90 percent of available seats were filled.

• Nov. 25-30 — 472 passengers boarded 12 flights, equating to a 78.7 percent load factor.

Current totals and predications:

• As of Nov. 30, the city reports just more than 7,500 enplanements for the year.

• At current booking levels, the city estimates that the airport should achieve the 8,000 milestone on Friday, Dec. 7.

The 10,000-enplanement achievement is significant for the city, because it is the level that would trigger significantly more federal grant money for airport improvements, including a proposed new airport terminal.

The city kicked off the “Fly Prescott 10K” incentive program in November to encourage area residents to use the Prescott Regional Airport for its airline travel.

Other airport news:

• Saturday Dec. 1, started non-stop service to Los Angeles on Saturdays.

• According to the city news release, “great fares are still available for select travel days in December. To book your flight, visit United.com or on the United app on your smartphone. Select airport code PRC for Prescott.”

The city’s new commercial carrier, United Express, began offering roundtrip flights to Denver and Los Angeles on Aug. 29.

With the addition of Saturday flights to Los Angeles this month, the airline is now offering daily flights to both destinations.

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