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Flights to Phoenix coming to Provo airport

By Stephanie Grimes | Posted - Dec 5th, 2012 @ 2:10pm

PROVO — Allegiant announced Wednesday nonstop flights between Provo and the Phoenix-Mesa, Ariz., area beginning Feb. 15.

Allegiant does not sell connecting flights from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, so customers who would like to travel elsewhere will have to buy two separate tickets, according to Keith Hansen, with Allegiant. He said Allegiant flies to Oakland, Calif., Las Vegas and Hawaii from Mesa, among other cities.

The flights will arrive in Provo at 4 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays and depart at 5 p.m. The flight is about 90 minutes.

Hansen said the company would like to grow beyond two flights a week, "but a lot of that depends on the reaction we get."

""As long as the public wants to fly, and as long as the airport costs remain low, we'll continue to be here," he said.

The flights will begin a little more than a month after Frontier Airlines will discontinue its service between Provo and Denver, Colo., beginning Jan. 7. The airline had added the Provo flights in June 2011, but said internal finances and restructuring meant the flights would have to be cut.

Curtis said at the time that the city would begin looking for other airlines to begin flying out of the airport.

"It's a high priority for us," Curtis said at the time. "We're going to put all of our efforts into getting somebody back here."

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