New Check-In Procedures

PHOENIX, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—America West Airlines (NYSE: AWA) announced today that it is implementing new procedures for baggage
check in and customer check in at the gate.  Starting Sept. 4, customers will
need to check their bags at least 30 minutes prior to departure, except in
Denver and Atlanta where baggage must be checked 45 minutes prior to
departure.  Customers will also need to check in for their flight at least
15 minutes prior to departure and should plan to be on the aircraft at least
10 minutes prior to departure.

“We know our customers appreciate our commitment to provide reliable,
on-time operational performance and these new procedures will support our
efforts to do that,” said Anthony Mule, senior vice president, customer

America West has added dozens of kiosks at airports around its system to
allow customers to check in for their flights in approximately two minutes.
This new technology gives America West`s customers extra time to make it to
their gate and prepare to board their flight.

America West Airlines is the nation`s largest low-fare, hub-and-spoke
airline.  Founded in 1983, it is the only carrier formed since deregulation to
achieve major airline status.  Today, America West is the nation`s
eighth-largest carrier and serves 88 destinations in the U.S., Canada and
Mexico. America West is a wholly owned subsidiary of America West Holdings
Corporation, an aviation and travel services company with 2001 sales of
$2.1 billion.