America West Adds New Service

America West Airlines` (NYSE: AWA) business-friendly fare structure is creating so much customer demand in its Las Vegas hub that it is adding new service to St. Louis; Billings, Mont.; and Des Moines, Iowa on Oct. 26, Nov. 26 and Dec. 19, respectively. America West will also add a third daily, nonstop roundtrip flight between its Phoenix hub and St. Louis on Oct. 26.

“We are responding to significant demand and are thrilled to be expanding our Las Vegas hub,” said Dion Flannery, vice president, scheduling, route planning and Internet distribution. “Customers in these three cities can now enjoy nonstop service to one of the most popular destinations in the country and benefit from the convenience of connecting to many other great America West destinations.”

This new service gives business travelers even more opportunity to take advantage of America West`s business-friendly fares that eliminate the Saturday night stay requirement and include fares up to 70 percent lower than most other major airlines. Customers will be able to connect through Las Vegas and Phoenix to more than 50 destinations across the western U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Flights to and from St. Louis will utilize the 737-300, featuring seating for eight in first class and 126 in the main cabin. Flights to and from Billings, Mont., will be provided by America West Express, and operated by a subsidiary airline of Mesa Air Group utilizing the popular 50-seat Canadair Regional Jet.

Flights to and from Des Moines, Iowa, will be provided by America West Express and operated by a subsidiary airline of Mesa Air Group utilizing the new 80-seat Canadair Regional Jet, which features first class seating for six. With this new service, America West will serve more than 40 destinations from its Las Vegas hub with 92 daily departures.


For more information or to make a reservation, contact your professional travel agent or America West at 1-800-2-FLY-AWA (1-800-235-9292). Reservation and information services are also available at . Customers can sign up for FlightFund, the airline`s worldwide frequent flyer program, at, the frequent flyer section of or by calling the FlightFund Service Center at 1-800-247-5691.

Mesa currently operates 131 aircraft with 980 daily system departures to 153 cities, 37 states, Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas. It operates in the West and Midwest as America West Express, and provides regional airline service for other airlines in the U.S. The company, which was founded in New Mexico in 1982, has approximately 3,000 employees. Mesa is a member of Regional Aviation Partners.

Founded in 1983 and proudly celebrating its 20-year anniversary in 2003, America West Airlines is the nation`s second largest low-fare airline and the only carrier formed since deregulation to achieve major airline status. Today, America West serves 92 destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.