Area residents are invited to learn about the proposed extension of Prescott Regional Airport’s primary runway, 21L/3R, at either of two Open Houses on Monday, May 23 or Wednesday, May 25. There is no formal program, rather attendees can stop by at any time during the two-hour window. The purpose of these open houses is to detail the benefits of a runway extension and allow attendees, at their leisure, to view a series of posters and speak with planners and airport personnel.
WHAT: Proposed extension of primary runway 21L/3R at Prescott Regional Airport
WHEN: Monday, May 23, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., or Wednesday, May 25, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Prescott Regional Airport Terminal, 6600 Airport Avenue, Prescott, AZ 86301
WHY: Transparency and community feedback
HOW: A series of informational posters will be on display and staff will be on hand to take public comments and answer questions.
Prescott Fire Department will conduct live fire training at Prescott Regional Airport on, August 27-29. As a result, Citizens and air travelers may see a plume of smoke or what appears to be an aircraft on fire at Prescott Regional Airport on the north side of the Airport between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM on Thursday, August 27, Friday, August 28, and Saturday, August 29. The annual training is required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to be completed by Airport Rescue & Firefighting (ARFF) personnel in order for the Airport to serve our community with commercial airline flights.
The Prescott Fire Department and the Airport Department regularly conduct these training exercises along with other training in order to maintain proficiency in the specialized tactics and equipment required to fight aircraft fires and to ensure compliance with Federal Aviation Administration guidelines.
The three, one-day training sessions will be provided by 139FIRE™, utilizing a mobile propane-fed aircraft fire training simulator. The simulator is designed to replicate not only fire on and around the aircraft’s fuselage, but also require the response personnel to understand and properly operate equipment on an aircraft, such as door access, throttle controls, battery shut-offs, and onboard extinguishing systems.
Willmeng Construction Inc., a Phoenix-based commercial general contractor and Fann Contracting, a Prescott-based heavy civil construction company, recently began construction on a new $13.9 million, 18,000 SF passenger terminal at Prescott Regional Airport – Ernest A. Love Field, which will replace the current 1940s terminal. Upon completion, the replacement passenger terminal will continue serving the current commercial air service with flights from Prescott to Denver and Los Angeles. Designed by DWL Architects, Phoenix, construction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2021 and will allow for easy expansion as air service continues to grow.
Funding for this project would not have been possible without support from the FAA and state partnerships. Prescott Regional Airport has seen a dramatic increase in passengers utilizing commercial air service when United Express, operated by SkyWest Airlines began service in August of 2018. Since then, over 73,000 passengers have used the service.
Arizona State Governor, Doug Ducey, recently visited the site and remarked on how the development occurring throughout Yavapai County and the addition of the new passenger terminal are great representations of the development that’s possible throughout the entire state of Arizona.
“The airport is a major economic driver for this entire region and as we see the economy continue to grow, there is great opportunity for more economic development around the airport,” said Greg Mengarelli, Mayor, City of Prescott. “This new terminal is only the beginning as we look at future expansion.”
With the addition of the new passenger terminal, commercial service apron, baggage handling system, vehicle parking and roadway, residents of Prescott, Prescott Valley, Dewey-Humboldt, Chino Valley, Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Jerome, Chino Valley, and Sedona will be able to enjoy an enhanced travel experience.
“We’re very thankful for Dr. Sobotta’s leadership, the support of Mayor Mengarelli and the council, and the whole team surrounding this project,” commented James Murphy, President and CEO of Willmeng Construction, a general contracting firm that has completed several aviation projects recently. “DWL Architects did a great job integrating glass into a modern, yet rustic façade. We’re very excited to go vertical with construction in the months ahead.”
“It takes local support to make things happen. We ask for these three simple things, that the local community respects the asset, acts as a good steward, and when we provide federal money, spend it.” Mark McClardy, the FAA’s Director of the Western Pacific Region remarked, “This was a very competitive process. We had about 167 applications from different airports, but only four grants were issued. We are all in for Prescott.”
Over 200 invited guests gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking in January, including local, state, and federal officials, many of whom had the opportunity to publicly share impactful stories and their excitement regarding the project.
“We couldn’t have done it without the hard work, the vision, and the support of so many.” Dr. Robin Sobotta, Airport Director, City of Prescott, explained, “An economic generator is happening in our community. Thank you to our engineering, design, and construction partners who turn dreams into reality, you’ve done it for us! I’m glad we’re building our first terminal together.”
Construction on this project will not interfere with flights or airport activity, making the execution of this project ideal for all parties. The partnership between Willmeng Construction and Fann Contracting pairs local connections with airport construction expertise.
About Willmeng Construction
Willmeng Construction, established in 1977, is a Phoenix based building contractor that specializes in ground-up and tenant improvement projects in Arizona. Willmeng stays true to building excellence, supports prelease transactions, maintains their ability to execute small and large projects, and strategically recruits the highest performing employees in the industry. Willmeng has been built on great relationships, a commitment to earn the next project while delivering this one, and the reputation of positively impacting the community through projects and volunteerism. For more information www.willmeng.com.
About Fann Contracting, Inc.
For more than half a century, Fann has been an integral part of building Arizona’s infrastructure – from roadways and highways throughout the state to public works projects, landfills, underground utilities and commercial site development. What started as a small business in 1960, with one hardworking man and a single backhoe, has grown into one of Arizona’s leading heavy-civil contractors. Now in third generation ownership, Fann’s steadfast culture of honesty and integrity, safety leadership, quality, and partnership models are the tools that continue making each construction project a true success. For more information. www.fanncontracting.com.
The IdentoGo TSA Pre✓® Mobile RV will be coming to Prescott Regional
Airport – Ernest A. Love Field (PRC) from Tuesday, December 3rd through Friday,
December 6th, 2019. The Mobile Enrollment Center will be located in the
long-term parking lot, near the airport administration building at 6546 Crystal
Pre✓® is an
expedited screening program that enables identified low-risk air travelers to
enjoy a smart and efficient screening experience. For TSA Pre✓® travelers, there is no need to remove shoes, 3-1-1 liquids,
laptops, light outerwear or belts. TSA Pre✓® is one of
the Trusted Traveler programs available and convenient for those passengers
travelling throughout the United States. Enrollment in other Trusted Traveler
programs such as Global Entry will not be available at this event.
Additionally, flying out of PRC just got easier for those
passengers with TSA Pre✓®. Passengers with TSA Pre✓® now fully receive all benefits listed above by utilizing the TSA
Pre✓® lane. TSA Pre✓® has more
than 450 lanes at 200+ U.S. airports.
“We are very excited that IdentoGo has decided to bring the TSA
Enrollment RV to Northern Arizona making the enrollment process more convenient
for our community. This will enable a smoother travel experience for those
passengers flying out of PRC and throughout the nation,” said Robin Sobotta,
Appointments for the enrollment event are encouraged and limited on a first come, first serve basis. The pre-enrollment process and appointments are available by visiting www.IdentoGo.com/RV . Attendees must bring a government-issued photo ID with proof of U.S. Citizenship (i.e. a passport or birth certificate; name on documents mush match exactly) and complete a 10-minute fingerprinting process. Once approved, a Known Traveler Number (KTN) will be issued and allow access to TSA Pre✓® expedited security lanes. The application fee is $85 and can be paid by credit card, money order, company check, or certified/cashier’s check. Cash and personal checks are not accepted.
United Express, operated by SkyWest Airlines has added an additional daily, roundtrip non-stop flight between Denver and Prescott beginning on March 5, 2020. This doubles the number of Denver departures operating daily from Prescott Regional Airport and complements the daily non-stop service to Los Angeles. Additionally, the airline has added 450 extra seats this Thanksgiving and Christmas season.
The additional daily Denver flight will initially operate from March through June 2020, and resume again from October 2020 through June 2021. The summer pause in the second flight schedule is due to Prescott Regional Airport’s shorter runway length coupled with midday summer heat, which necessitates aircraft weight restrictions. This seasonal pattern is expected to continue until the runway is lengthened sufficiently to allow year-round service with maximum seating availability.
“We are so pleased to receive this news,” said Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli. “The additional flights are a direct result of the support from our community.”
“This is an impressive testament of the Airline’s faith in the strong demand for air service in the region,” said Airport Director Dr. Robin Sobotta. “Some smaller airports must provide revenue guarantees to air carriers to gain additional flights. However, no guarantee was required for this additional flight, due to the extraordinary commercial air service market discovered at Prescott Regional Airport.”
For example, the City of Kearney, Nebraska recently agreed to pay more than $1.3M to SkyWest to gain an additional non-stop flight. The amount Kearney will eventually pay to SkyWest will ultimately depend upon passenger numbers using that additional flight.
Since the August 2018 launch of the United Express service at Prescott, more than 60,000 total passengers have flown to/from PRC. To book a flight from Prescott, please visit United’s website at www.united.com, on the United App, or by calling Reservations at 1-800-864-8331. United’s website at www.united.com, the United App, or by calling Reservations at 1-800-864-8331.United’s website at www.united.com, on the United App, or by calling Reservations at 1-800-864-8331.
Gates will open at 9 a.m. – Event is free and open to the public
third straight year, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the City of
Prescott will co-host the Wings Out West Airshow, featuring an aerial
demonstration, a variety of static military and civilian aircraft
displays and an aeronautical tech fair at Prescott Regional Airport,
Ernest A. Love Field on Saturday, October 5. A variety of food vendors and
concessions will also be on site.
year’s show for the third consecutive year is Embry-Riddle airshow pilot Matt
Chapman. This will be the final performance for Chapman in Prescott, who will
retire at the conclusion of the 2019 airshow season. Attendees will enjoy
additional performances from Bill Stein, Rob Holland, Kent Pietsch, Cindy
Irish, Vampire Airshows, The Liberty Jump Team, and Embry-Riddle’s own 12-time
national champion Golden Eagles Flight Team.
A B-17, B-25, and
C-47 aircraft from the Commemorative Air Force— along with an AH-1 Cobra attack
helicopter from the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation will offer rides
available for purchase.
Embry-Riddle and the
City of Prescott are honored to welcome Lt. Col. (RET) Dave Hamilton as the
guest of honor. Lt. Col. Hamilton is the last living Pathfinder pilot who flew
on D-Day. He will be joining the Wings Out West celebration upon his return
from England and France where he attended ceremonies honoring the 75th
anniversary of the D-Day invasion and its veterans. Lt. Col. Hamilton has
received four Air Medals, nine stars on his ETO campaign ribbon, two
Presidential Unit Citations, Military Order of William from Holland, and
was awarded the French Legion of Honor Medal. In recognition of the 75th
anniversary of D-Day, a historic C-53 aircraft named “D-Day Doll”
will fly and be on static display at this year’s show.
“We are so excited to
once again partner with the City of Prescott and welcome our community to the
Wings Out West Airshow,” said Embry-Riddle Chancellor Dr. Anette Karlsson. “We
love being a part of this community and we really want our friends and
neighbors to get to know us, our amazing students, our alumni, and our
world-class faculty and staff.”
Gates at Prescott
Regional Airport will open to the public at 9 a.m., with the aerial
demonstration taking place from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission and parking will be
free. Limited parking will be available at Prescott Regional Airport.
Attendees should enter the airport at the Deep Well Ranch roundabout (Highway
89). There will be ample signage and personnel directing traffic to designated
airport parking areas. Additional parking will be available at The Heights
Church located off Larry Caldwell Drive (Highway 89A). Shuttle service
will be available to the event. For additional information about parking,
including maps and more detailed airport information, go to www.PRCAirport.com.
“We are pleased to
continue the Wings Out West partnership with Embry-Riddle for the third year in
a row,” said Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli. “We truly appreciate this
partnership in bringing a world class air show to the citizens of Prescott.”
Mengarelli added that
2019 has been another notable year for Prescott Regional Airport. “The first
year of essential air service with United Express, operated by SkyWest
Airlines, we had over 26,000 enplanements (boardings), and over 53,000 total
passengers,” he said. “We will be breaking ground soon on the new passenger
terminal as well, and are expecting it to be operational by late Fall 2020.”
Airport staff continued to work through the night and made significant progress clearing the runway and taxiways as snow continued to fall. At this time it looks favorable for the Airport to re-open by early afternoon and Flight 5159 (Denver to Prescott) and Flight 5160 (Prescott to Los Angeles) to still operate as scheduled. Although the runway and taxiway have been plowed, we will be continuing to monitor for ice conditions present. As with any weather event, conditions can change so please monitor your flight status on United’s website at www.united.com , on the United App, or by calling Reservations at 1-800-864-8331.
Also, please be aware that although the access roads into the airport and parking lot have been plowed for a drivable lane, many spots in the parking lot still contain a significant amount of snow and may be difficult to park at the Airport to pick up and drop off passengers. Airport staff is working to help establish transportation options for those to get to/from the airport. Information will be provided when available.
If you must drive, please use extreme caution.
Due to continued snowfall this morning, United Express has cancelled Flight 5159 (Denver to Prescott) and Flight 5160 (Prescott-Los Angeles) for Thursday, February 21, 2019. Flight 5161 (Los Angeles-Prescott) has also been cancelled for February 21, 2019 and Flight 5158 (Prescott-Denver) on February 22, 2019. We will keep you posted with future flight updates.
Airport staff has
been working throughout last night and early this morning and will continue to
work throughout the day and night plowing the runways and taxiways to mitigate
Please contact United Airlines on their website at www.united.com or call Reservations at 1-800-864-8331 to discuss alternate travel options. In addition, United is still offering the flexible travel waiver if you are currently scheduled on any flight IN or OUT of Prescott Regional Airport until Friday, February 22, 2019 to make alternate arrangements. Please make sure to advise you are impacted by weather in PRC when calling reservations.
to be safe if you must leave and allow extra time as needed.
Due to continued snowfall this morning, United Express has cancelled Flight 5159 (Denver to Prescott) and Flight 5160 (Prescott-Los Angeles) for Thursday, February 21, 2019. Currently, Flight 5161 (Los Angeles-Prescott) is still scheduled to arrive this evening but will be monitored as the day progresses. We will update as information becomes available. Please contact United Airlines on their website at www.united.com or call Reservations at 1-800-864-8331 to discuss alternate travel options. In addition, United is still offering the flexible travel waiver if you are currently scheduled on any flight IN or OUT of Prescott Regional Airport until Friday, February 22, 2019 to make alternate arrangements. Please make sure to advise you are impacted by weather in PRC when calling reservations. Airport staff has been working throughout last night and early this morning and will continue to work throughout the day and night plowing the runways and taxiways to mitigate operational impact. Please continue to be safe if you must leave and allow extra time as needed.
Due to the upcoming weather front expected to hit Northern Arizona, United Express has cancelled the Flight 5161 from LAX-PRC on February 20, 2019 as well as Flight 5158 from PRC-DEN on February 21, 2019.
Currently, Flight 5159 from DEN-PRC and Flight 5160 from PRC-LAX on Thursday, February 21, 2019 are still scheduled but will continue to be monitored and will update as needed.
Seats are available on today’s LAX departure if you would like to change your plans to depart today, February 20th on Flight 5160. In addition, United will be offering a flexible travel policy if you are scheduled to fly IN or OUT of Prescott Regional Airport now through Friday, February 22, 2019 to change your tickets at no additional cost.
Please visit United’s website at www.united.com or contact reservations at 1-800-864-8331 for more information or to make changes.
Airport Staff will continue working throughout the day and night to plow the runways and taxiways as necessary to mitigate operational impact. We will continue to monitor the conditions and provide updates as available. If you are travelling, please use caution and allow extra time as necessary to get to the airport.
Prescott Regional Airport is providing weekly updates on recent enplanements, and predictions for the next milestone, based on the current data.
Here is an update for this week:
Saturday Los Angeles (LAX) non-stop flights commenced on December 01.
This past week we had 485 enplanements on 14 flights = 69.3% load factor.
Today we celebrated our 8K Milestone on 12/07/18 during the LAX flight.
Go to Prescott Regional Airport on Facebook for names of the winners and photos. The lucky passengers won a 2 hour VIP tour for 4 passengers with Tour Prescott and a $50 Gift Card to Barley Hound and a gift bag from COP Tourism office.
Congratulations to Lori Hunt, who was passenger number 8,000! She flew on the LAX flight on Friday, December 7.
As of today, we anticipate the 9K winner will be approximately December 19 or 20.
To book your flight visit United.com or on the United app on your smartphone. Select airport code PRC for Prescott.