America West Launches New Service

America West initiated the only daily nonstop service between Las Vegas
and Des Moines, Iowa, today. America West Express, which is operated by
subsidiary airlines of Mesa Air Group, will provide the Des Moines flights
using regional jets. This new service gives business and leisure travelers
even more opportunity to take advantage of America West`s
business-friendly fares which are 40 to 70 percent lower than most other
major airlines and do not require a Saturday night stay.

“We`ve received outstanding customer support for our flights between
Phoenix and Des Moines, so we`re pleased to be adding service to our hub
in Las Vegas, which is also a popular vacation destination,” said Dion
Flannery, vice president, scheduling, route planning and Internet
distribution. “America West is also pleased to provide Spokane and Toronto
customers seasonal service to Las Vegas. We hope to garner enough customer
support for these flights from both communities to be able to offer this
service year-round.”

America West is also increasing seasonal service between Las Vegas and
several existing markets including Colorado Springs, Colo.; Eugene, Ore.;
Minneapolis; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and Washington/Dulles.

Also today, America West is resuming seasonal service between its Phoenix
hub and Telluride, Colo. and Manzanillo, Mexico (effective Dec. 20, 2003).
Additionally, America West is adding flights between Phoenix and four
markets including Calgary, Canada; Los Cabos, Mexico; Seattle; and
Spokane, Wash., for its winter schedule.

“Our seasonal schedule accommodates customers who want to hit the slopes
in Telluride or escape the winter doldrums with a trip to the beach in
Mexico,” said Dion Flannery, vice president, scheduling, route planning
and Internet distribution. “We`re also pleased to offer customers in
Canada and Washington state an additional nonstop flight to Phoenix during
the winter months.”
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.


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, Mexico and Costa Rica. America West Airlines editorial, based on news release distributed by PR Newswire.