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3/29/2011 9:55:00 PM
Great Lakes Airlines to drop Ontario, pick up LAX route
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PRESCOTT - Starting May 15, Great Lakes Airlines will offer daily round-trip flights from Prescott Airport to Los Angeles International, the carrier announced in a news release Monday.

The new service will replace Prescott's current service to Ontario, Calif.

The flights to L.A. will be in addition to the daily flights that Great Lakes now provides from Prescott to Denver and back.

"For a destination like Prescott, offering daily round-trip service to two major markets like Los Angeles and Denver promises to be a boon to both business and leisure travelers, and will certainly benefit the city's expanding tourism efforts," City of Prescott spokeswoman Kim Kapin said in the release.

"Great Lakes has been an outstanding business partner, and we look forward to working with them to ensure the success and growth of these two routes."

Following is the daily flight schedule to L.A. and Denver that will be effective May 15:

• Prescott to L.A. - Flight 5162, departs at 7:20 a.m. and arrives at 8:55 a.m. Flight 5062, departs at 1:33 p.m. and arrives at 3:08 p.m.

• L.A. to Prescott - Flight 5047, departs at 9:20 a.m. and arrives at 10:52 a.m. Flight 5161, departs at 5:55 p.m. and arrives at 7:27 p.m.

• Prescott to Denver - Flight 5047, departs at 11:05 a.m. and arrives at 2:51 p.m.

• Denver to Prescott - Flight 5062, departs at 11:30 a.m. and arrives at 1:18 p.m.

To buy tickets on Great Lakes Airlines, call its reservation center at 800-554-5111 or log on to www.flygreatlakes.com.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, April 01, 2011
Article comment by: Darn and Rats!

Sorry folks. I missed the 'effective May 15' which is very important info... Sure enough, after May 15 only one Denver flight per day. Great Lakes, that is soooo inconvenient for connecting flights. You probably just lost my business. Please bring back an early morning flight, PLEASE!

Posted: Friday, April 01, 2011
Article comment by: @ 1 or 2 Flights To Denver Per Day

Per the article:
"Following is the daily flight schedule to L.A. and Denver that will be effective May 15".

Posted: Friday, April 01, 2011
Article comment by: 1 or 2 Flights To Denver Per Day

I was really upset when I first read this article to find out there would only be one flight to/from Denver per day. I just went to the Great Lakes web page and put in a round-trip flight for an April departure and a May return to see what they had on-line. Their site still gave me TWO flight choices each way, not one as stated in the article. I sure hope that this article is wrong and that there really are the two flights per day choice when I am ready to make my next Denver reservation.

Posted: Friday, April 01, 2011
Article comment by: Podunk Airlines Continue to Hose Passengers

What this article doesn't tell you is that when flying to Denver there is a stopover in Farmington, NM to pick up more passengers. I have just added two more days stay to an non-refundable trip from Prescott to Chicago as I now lose half of a day on the outbound because it leaves later from Prescott and I would lose daylight hours on the day of return because of earlier departures required from Chicago. .

Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011
Article comment by: @ William N. Gaillard

If I may ask, what Southern California airport do you fly into that costs $179.99 one way on Southwest Airlines? As far as I know, they offer numerous daily flights from Phoenix to LAX (same airport Great Lakes will be flying into) for as little as $59 one way.

Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Article comment by: Glenn J. Gooding

The area seriously needs to attract an airline that flies to Phoenix, Denver, Houston, LA on a direct flight and regular schedule in order to even think about attracting tourism and to build the use of the airport. I fly on a regular basis and none of these flights are convenient for a connection either coming or going and not with most major airlines.

A regular schedule would include one than one flight as well. This current schedule is not acceptable, nor convenient.

Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Article comment by: William N. Gaillard

This is marvelous news.

Presently, I have to "shuttle" it from my home in East Prescott to Sky Harbor-Phoenix ($35.00+), and THEN pay $179.99 to Southwest Airlines for a one-way flight.

I can now see all my old friends in the South Bay on a monthly basis for a $193.00 round-trip fare without actually having to live there any more, and then return to northen Arizona civilization at my leisure.

I have been both waiting for and wanting this for the last six years.

Bravo, Great Lakes puddle-jumpers! You have a new client.

Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Article comment by: A E Neuman

Convenient yes but too expensive. $193.00 round trip. I've been on a round trip to Baltimore for much less.

Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Article comment by: Correct me if Iím mistaken BUT

It looks to me like Great Lakes is just trading one SoCal airport for another (less than 60 miles away) and adding a second daily round trip to LAX. However, in exchange, they're dropping one of the two daily round trips currently offered to/from Denver.

Donít get me wrong, I like the idea of both the Prescott/LAX and Prescott/Denver flights....as long as they can compete with the cost of driving to/from and flying in/out of PHX....which I'm not sure they can.

So, emergencies and business I can seeÖ.however, to attest that these changes will be a boon to leisure travelers and "certainly benefit the city's expanding tourism efforts"....well, I find that hard to fathom. First, no extra flights to/from Prescott have been added that I can see. Second, Great Lakes planes only carry 19 passengers, I believe, and didn't we have Horizon Air (with 80+ seats) flying in here from LAX until they pulled out last year? How did THAT work out for our tourism efforts?

Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Article comment by: s- marie


Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Article comment by: mister real american

What time does the stage leave to Wickenburgh?

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