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Prescott Regional Airport reaches 8,000 passenger enplanements Dec. 7

The terminal at the Prescott Regional Airport dates back to the late 1940s. (Cindy Barks/Courier, file)

The terminal at the Prescott Regional Airport dates back to the late 1940s. (Cindy Barks/Courier, file)

In the City of Prescott’s ongoing quest to reach the 10,000 mark for passenger enplanements by the end of 2018, the Prescott Regional Airport has now exceeded the 8,000 mark.

In a Friday, Dec. 7, news release, the city reported the latest milestone toward the 10,000 enplanement goal for the remainder of the year.

Passenger numbers for the past week:

• Dec. 1 to 7 — 485 passengers boarded 14 flights, equating to a 69.3-percent load factor.

• The numbers included the first of the scheduled Saturday flights to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which began Dec. 1.

Current totals and predications:

• On Friday, Dec. 7, the airport passed the 8,000-passenger mark during the daily flight to LAX.

• As a part of the city’s “Fly Prescott 10K” incentive program, Lori Hunt was the winner of the 8,000-passenger milestone. She won a two-hour VIP tour for four passengers with Tour Prescott, a $50 gift card to Barley Hound and a gift bag from the City of Prescott tourism office.

• At current booking levels, the city estimates that it should achieve the 9,000 milestone on about

Dec. 19 or 20.

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.

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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