America West Begins New Service

2nd Dec 2003

PRNewswire-FirstCall PHOENIX Dec. 1 :

More than one million tourists visit the Central American country of Costa
Rica each year, making it a leading eco-tourism and adventure travel
destination. Starting today, America West Airlines will provide daily
nonstop roundtrip service between Phoenix and San Jose, Costa Rica.
Customers in Phoenix and 44 connecting cities can take full advantage of
everything this beautiful tourist destination has to offer including the
warm beaches of Guanacaste, horseback riding through Monteverde Cloud
Forest to the Arenal Volcano, surfing off the Pacific Coast and white
water rafting down the turbulent Reventazon River.
“America West is pleased to offer customers this luxurious tropical
destination that offers the best of Costa Rica`s Caribbean and Pacific
coasts,” said C.A. Howlett, senior vice president, public affairs. “For
both the adventurous outdoors type and those seeking luxurious seclusion,
America West Vacations offers 23 hotels and resorts in Costa Rica located
throughout all major tourist areas.”

America West Vacations and its partner Swiss Tours also offer a variety of
activities including some of the most exciting tours in the world:
tropical rainforest tours by boat, day or nighttime viewing of the active
Arenal Volcano, horseback riding, national park excursions and rainforest
canopy rides.

“Phoenix and San Jose have so much in common—from our heavy reliance on
tourism dollars to a significant high-tech presence,” said Phoenix Mayor
Skip Rimsza. “Bridging our communities makes enormous sense. That the
bridge is America West Airlines only adds to this moment for us.”

America West will be participating in a business-to-business trade mission
along with the Mayor of Phoenix, officials from the City of Phoenix, the
Arizona Department of Commerce and Phoenix Conventions and Business Bureau
to strengthen the relationship with business and government officials in
Costa Rica and the City of San Jose.


America West will use its modern Airbus A319 aircraft for the service to
Costa Rica. The aircraft features seating for 12 in first class and 112 in
the main cabin. For more information or to make a reservation, customers
may contact America West at 1-800-2-FLY-AWA (1-800-235-9292), log on to or contact a professional travel agent.
Customers can contact America West Vacations at 1-866-225-5298.

San Jose, Costa Rica, is America West`s fifth new destination this year.
The airline added service in Memphis, Tenn., in April; Cancun, Mexico, in
June; as well as Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and Monterrey, Mexico, in

America West Vacations is a brand of The Leisure Company and one of the
largest tour packagers in the U.S. The Leisure Company creates and sells
vacation packages to 500,000 customers annually. Vacation packages are
available to Arizona, California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Nevada and New
York as well as to Costa Rica and Mexico.

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. America West`s 13,000 employees serve nearly 55,000 customers a
day in 93 destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.



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