Register | Forgot Your Password? | Close

MESA, Ariz. -- Mesa's mayor is downplaying a decision by Spirit Airlines to stop serving Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

The airline said it wants to serve primary airports and will offer daily nonstop service between Sky Harbor and Dallas/Fort Worth starting Oct. 24th. Service to Chicago O'Hare and Denver International Airport will begin Nov. 7.

Mayor Scott Smith said losing Spirit Airlines is "no big deal."

"It's a bump in the road," Smith said. "While we value all of our airlines, Spirit was six to eight percent of our traffic is all."

"Spirit was successful here," Smith said. "They have a different business plan where they want to move to central city airports.

"Sure we're disappointed, but it's not going to impact our long-term plans. We're still going to aggressively play for growth here. We think it will happen, and what other airlines do is really not that important."

Smith thinks many Spirit Airlines passengers will switch to Allegiant Airlines and continue to fly in and out of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway.

He also believes another airline will replace Spirit at the airport "sometime in the future."

Bob McClay, Reporter

share this story:
Attention Comment Users: We have recently changed our comments boards.
We would like you to be part of the conversation and The Voice of Arizona by logging in with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing KTAR (Arizona Sports) account members will need to create a Disqus account or use one of the aforementioned social media logins. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus

World Class Arizona

  • Dignity Health

    World Class People. World Class Company. Excellent care, delivered with compassion, for all in need.

Voice For A Better Arizona

  • Family in Focus

    KTAR spends the week taking a look at the issues a modern Arizona family faces.