The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has issued Order 2020-7-2,
awarding a new Essential Air Service (EAS) contract to SkyWest Airlines, branded
as United Express. The USDOT contract assures continuation of double-hub,
non-stop service for Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and the Verde
Valley leisure and business travelers for three years, commencing on September
“After decades of underperforming air
service providers at PRC, we are excited the USDOT has seen the value SkyWest
has provided to the citizens of Northern Arizona during the current EAS
contract,” said City of Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli.
“We are pleased to continue
serving the Prescott area and know our passengers can fly with confidence
thanks to the additional measures being taken on every flight,” said Greg
Atkin, SkyWest managing director of Market Development. “From enhanced
cleaning, mandatory face coverings and customer self-assessments with check-in,
we remain committed to the health and safety of all onboard our aircraft.”
Passengers flying from Prescott Regional Airport – Ernest A. Love Field
(PRC) will continue to enjoy convenient service to Denver International Airport
(DEN) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) onboard the 50-passenger
The EAS program was established to assure that small communities maintain a
minimal level of scheduled air service and access to the national air
transportation system. In January 2020,
the USDOT requested proposals from air carriers interested in providing Essential
Air Service at PRC for a new contract term. SkyWest Airlines, the incumbent
carrier, was the only carrier to submit a proposal.
“We appreciate the strong partnership that has been forged between SkyWest
Airlines, operating as United Express, and the City of Prescott, “ noted
Airport Director, Robin Sobotta. “Since service launched in August 2020, more
than 85,000 total passengers have enjoyed the convenience associated with flying
out of Prescott to hundreds of United destinations. In early 2021, their travel
experience will be further enhanced with the completion of the new Prescott
Regional Airport Passenger Terminal.”
For more information on flight availability, please visit United.com.
In these uncertain times, we want to make sure everyone gets the assistance they need. The quickest way to cancel or change an upcoming trip is to use united.com or our United app — here are step-by-step instructions.
If you have a situation that needs to be resolved by phone, know that our contact center agents are working around the clock to help you. We want to prioritize those with the most time-sensitive plans, so if you’re not traveling in the next 72 hours, we kindly ask that you wait to reach out to us until you’re closer to your trip.
If you booked your flight through a travel agency or a travel website and would like to change your reservation, please reach out to them for assistance.
Things are changing rapidly, and you can find the latest information on travel flexibility, health and safety efforts, and travel restrictions on united.com.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time, and for choosing United.
Prescott Regional Airport has had several inquiries about our actions related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The airport has added additional hand sanitizers throughout the terminal to make it readily available. We have also installed signs around the airport with reminders and tips on washing hands. The terminal will be wiped down more frequently for sanitizing seat and surfaces.
United Express, operated by SkyWest Airlines, is communicating with their employees to make sure they are taking appropriate precautions to avoid contracting or spreading illness.
Also, passengers who want to change their travel plans can do so without a change fee, for travelers who book now through March 31. Go to United.com for details.
City of Prescott and Prescott Regional Airport – Ernest A. Love Field hereby announces its proposed Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation goal of 5.5% for FAA-funded contracts/agreements. The proposed goal pertains to Federal fiscal years 2020 through 2021 (10/1/2019-9/30/2021). An in-person meeting will be held on March 11th, 2020 from 4pm to 5pm at Prescott Regional Airport Administration Building located at 6546 Crystal Lane, Prescott, AZ 86301 for the purpose of consulting with stakeholders to obtain information relevant to the goal-setting process.
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 2019 Wings Out West Airshow, a partnership between Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the City of Prescott, has won the gold award for “best small civilian airshow in the country” from the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS). More than 60 other airshows were in competition for the award, which was presented at the annual ICAS Convention on Dec. 11 in Las Vegas, Nev.
As the climax to Embry-Riddle’s annual homecoming celebration, Wings Out West 2019 attracted more than 10,000 spectators to the Prescott Regional Airport on Oct. 5 and included a variety of aerial demonstrations and historic reenactments. Headlined by Embry-Riddle’s own Matt Chapman flying his last career airshow, the day also honored the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. Lt Col Dave Hamilton (USAF Ret), the last living Pathfinder who flew on D-Day was the guest of honor, with other World War II veterans present.
“This award acknowledges the hard work by our joint University and Community team, to highlight not only our region’s significant and continuing contribution to aviation, but the heroic accomplishments of our ‘Greatest Generation’ on behalf of a grateful nation and world,” said Embry-Riddle Professor and Airshow Director Jerry Kidrick. “The people attending were truly entertained by world class aviators and showed their patriotism on numerous occasions during the day as we highlighted living and past heroes.”
The Wings Out West Airshow has developed into an annual community event. Its positive impact to the region reflects a growing, vibrant community as well as the increasing emphasis aviation is having worldwide, reflecting the growing need for a next generation of aviators, engineers, and experts in global security and intelligence, safety science, and cyber technology. The Airshow is proving a tool for the Prescott region to highlight its contributions to our nation and the world.
“The Airshow is a great example of the appreciation the university has for the community and the community has for the university,” Kidrick added. “Our Chancellor and Mayor are to be commended for their clear leadership to accomplish so much together– now and into the future, for this and other joint initiatives.”
The 2020 Wings Out West Airshow is currently scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3.
On Tuesday, December 10th Airport staff along with their consultant, Delta Airport Consultants, will present to Prescott City Council at 1pm a Study Session on the results of the Airport Master Plan. At the 3 pm Voting Meeting, Prescott City Council will be voting to approve the Master Plan.
Flight 5159 from Denver to Prescott on Saturday June 08th and Flight 5158 from Prescott to Denver for Sunday June 09th were canceled due to GPS tracking difficulties. All remaining flights for Sunday June 09th are scheduled to operate as normal. Please be advised that the City of Prescott has not imposed any local restrictions causing these cancellations and Prescott Regional Airport is open and operating.
We do advise passengers to continue to monitor your flight status through the United app or online at www.united.com or by calling Reservations at 1-800-864-8331.
Susie’s will now open at 5:30 AM for all you early birds! Susie’s new restaurant hours are now Monday through Sunday 5:30 AM – 3:00 PM. We are pleased as an airport to have our wonderful restaurant open for all the early flyers with our airline! Come catch an early breakfast before your flight.
Help Prescott Regional Airport Fly 10,000 Departing Passengers by Dec. 31, and the City Will Receive Federal Funds for Airport Improvements.
An updated airport is within reach. But the City of Prescott and the Prescott Regional Airport need your help to book 10,000 departing passengers by Dec. 31.
Once the airport reaches 10,000 “enplanements,” or travelers departing from Prescott’s Ernest A. Love Field via United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines, the City of Prescott will be eligible for federal grants up to $20 million, which can be used for improvements to the airport’s infrastructure and services.
However, the funding can’t be unlocked unless 10,000 enplanements are reached by Dec. 31. As of today, the airport is closing in on 7,000 tickets sold, which means it only needs about 3,000 more departing passengers to book their flights before the end of the year. By simply opting to fly out of Prescott this holiday season, on your next business trip or group getaway, you’ll help the airport reach its goal – and help make flying out of Prescott even more convenient in the near future.
To entice travelers to fly out of Prescott and take advantage of the services that are just minutes from home – and include free parking and short TSA lines – the City is offering up some exciting incentives by the way of the Fly Prescott 10Kcampaign. During the promotion, any passenger who is lucky enough to be a “Milestone Passenger” (departing passenger number 7,000, 8,000, 9,000 or 10,000) will receive a fantastic prize – whichmay range from a night on the town to free roundtrip tickets to Los Angeles or Denver from Prescott. But you can’t win if you don’t fly out of Prescott!
According to airport staff, each goal will likely be met during the following dates (which are subject to change):
• 7,000 – November 18-24
• 8,000 – December 1-7
• 9,000 – December 15-21
• 10,000 – December 24-31
In order to be eligible for prizes – and for their fare to count toward the Fly Prescott 10K goal, all passengers traveling from Prescott must book their trip and depart from Prescott by Dec. 31, 2018. If you’re one of the lucky “Milestone Passengers,” you will be contacted by an official representative of the City of Prescott with instructions on how you can claim your prize.
If you have plans to travel this holiday season, book your flights through United.com and choose to fly out of Prescott Regional Airport (PRC). And be sure to tell your friends and family to do the same. This way, even if you aren’t a “Milestone Passenger,” someone you know may be – and just might let you join them if they win a prize.
Flights to Los Angeles (LAX) or Denver (DEN) and beyond are available now – and hundreds of destinations are available by connection. Book your travel at United.com – and help our entire community by allowing the City of Prescott to unlock funds forairport improvements.