The Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport will begin offering direct flights to Cincinnati, Ohio, via Allegiant Air in November. The airline is advertising one-way tickets to Cincinnati as low as $81, according to a statement from the airport, and has high hopes for the new service.
Jessica Wheeler, a representative for Allegiant, pointed out that this will be the only year-round service to Mesa from Cincinnati.
“It’s just a convenient option for area residents,” said Wheeler.
Brian Sexton, airport spokesperson, said Phoenix-Mesa Gateway officials are excited about adding Cincinnati as a destination, which will be Allegiant’s easternmost from Mesa.
“We’re excited to welcome the Cincinnati service in the Gateway Airport,” Sexton said. “There’s a large demand for service into the Ohio market, so this is the destination that we’ve long been hoping for.”
Each individual flight out of Gateway represents an average of $80,000 of spending in the community by visitors on that flight, Sexton said, citing a recent economic impact study conducted by Arizona State University. That study also estimated visitors’ off-airport spending for the 2010 fiscal year at nearly $69 million and total economic benefit to the local economy at $685 million.
Wheeler suggested that Mesa residents who want to fly to Cincinnati this year, even as late as December, begin booking their flights soon, as those seats are filling rapidly.
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