Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Can the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway airport sell enough tickets to San Diego?

Dumping ground

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

Call it the battle of the high-flying San Diego subsidy. Back in June, the board of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway airport voted to approve an “incentive package” valued at more than $1.3 million to entice Portland, Maine-based Elite Airways to begin regular flights between Mesa and San Diego. According to an account in the Arizona Republic, the six-month deal included “waived landing and terminal fees, cash for marketing and ‘revenue guarantees’ in which Gateway will compensate the airline for empty seats on flights that don’t generate enough passengers.”

If sufficient numbers of $140 tickets to San Diego aren’t sold for the nine weekly flights, the airport would end up forking over about $7000 for each partially unfilled plane. Located about 20 miles outside Phoenix on the site of what was the former Williams Air Force Base, the small airport has also been a “focus city” for Allegiant Airlines. But that company objected to the Elite payments, calling them unfair and threatening to move its base of operations to Phoenix Sky Harbor International airport.

As of last month, the fate of Allegiant’s tenancy was still up in the air. “While a move to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is likely at this point, the decision has not yet been made, and we will be sure to inform the public if and when a decision to move is made,” said a company email to the East Valley Tribune. Elite’s service to San Diego is expected to start sometime this month. Other of its routes include Branson, Missouri, to Denver, as well as flights between Newark, New Jersey, and Rockford, Illinois.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Covid-19 casts a pall over San Diego political money

Barbara Bry's daughter lends $5000
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

Call it the battle of the high-flying San Diego subsidy. Back in June, the board of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway airport voted to approve an “incentive package” valued at more than $1.3 million to entice Portland, Maine-based Elite Airways to begin regular flights between Mesa and San Diego. According to an account in the Arizona Republic, the six-month deal included “waived landing and terminal fees, cash for marketing and ‘revenue guarantees’ in which Gateway will compensate the airline for empty seats on flights that don’t generate enough passengers.”

If sufficient numbers of $140 tickets to San Diego aren’t sold for the nine weekly flights, the airport would end up forking over about $7000 for each partially unfilled plane. Located about 20 miles outside Phoenix on the site of what was the former Williams Air Force Base, the small airport has also been a “focus city” for Allegiant Airlines. But that company objected to the Elite payments, calling them unfair and threatening to move its base of operations to Phoenix Sky Harbor International airport.

As of last month, the fate of Allegiant’s tenancy was still up in the air. “While a move to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is likely at this point, the decision has not yet been made, and we will be sure to inform the public if and when a decision to move is made,” said a company email to the East Valley Tribune. Elite’s service to San Diego is expected to start sometime this month. Other of its routes include Branson, Missouri, to Denver, as well as flights between Newark, New Jersey, and Rockford, Illinois.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Covid-19 casts a pall over San Diego political money

Barbara Bry's daughter lends $5000
Next Article

Björk Live from Reykjavik, Zoonotic Diseases of Marine Mammals

Events August 8-August 12, 2020
Comments
3

Wow--a ticket guarantee? For something involving San Diego? At least this time San Diego isn't covering unsold tickets for a private business.

Sept. 9, 2015

Mammoth Lakes voted an additional sales tax so the town could subsidize lower cost seats on daily Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air flights to and from Mammoth/L.A.

Sept. 9, 2015

The FAA/major airlines/airport authority of big city airports have everything locked up and costly that it is almost financial unfeasible for a start up airline with a new idea or a new route to squeeze their way in. That's why small airlines are forced to seek other nearby, smaller airports. It could be a win-win for smaller airlines/airports. Who loves paying $24/day to park at Lindbergh?

Sept. 9, 2015

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close