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America West Announces New Service to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Monday July 14, 2:00 pm ET

PHOENIX, July 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- America West Airlines (NYSE: AWA - News), the second largest low-fare carrier in the U.S., announced today that it will initiate the only daily nonstop, roundtrip service between its Phoenix hub and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Oct. 20, 2003.

Edmonton will be America West's fourth destination in Canada, where the airline currently provides low-fare service in Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto. America West offers affordable fares that do not require a Saturday night stay as well as flexible ticketing policies that allow unused tickets to retain their value for a year and allow customers to fly standby for free on the same day as their originally scheduled flight.

"We are happy to capitalize on strategic opportunities to expand our service to Canada," said Dion Flannery, vice president, route planning, scheduling and Internet distribution. "Customers will appreciate our flexible and affordable fares."

Representatives from America West and Edmonton International Airport have been working very closely to facilitate a smooth transition for the airline's new service.

"We are proud to welcome America West to Edmonton," said Scott Clements, president and chief executive officer, Edmonton Airports. "America West's convenient connections to California and Mexico offer great new options for our region's business and leisure travelers."

America West Express, which is operated by subsidiary airlines of Mesa Air Group, will provide the daily nonstop, roundtrip flights utilizing the popular 64-seat Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ) aircraft, which features seating for six in first class and 58 in the main cabin. This new service will offer customers connections to 48 cities across the U.S. and Mexico.

The flight schedule for the new service is listed below.

Edmonton to Phoenix Phoenix to Edmonton

Flight Departs Arrives Flight Departs Arrives

6717* 7:00 a.m. 9:25 a.m. 6712 7:10 p.m. 11:30 p.m.

*Flight starts Oct. 21, 2003

Edmonton is America West's third new destination in 2003. The airline initiated service to Memphis, Tenn., in April, and Cancun, Mexico, in June.

For more information or to make a reservation, call America West at 1-800-2-FLY-AWA (1-800-235-9292), log onto www.americawest.com or contact a professional travel agent. Customers can sign up for FlightFund at www.FlightFund.com , the frequent flyer section of www.americawest.com or by calling the FlightFund Service Center at 1-800-247-5691. America West's frequent flyer program is the winner of Inside Flyer magazine's prestigious Freddie Award for Best Elite-Level Program in the Americas.

Mesa currently operates 124 aircraft with 889 daily system departures to 147 cities, 37 states, Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas. It operates in the West and Midwest as America West Express, and provides regional airline service for other airlines in the U.S. The company, which was founded in New Mexico in 1982, has approximately 3,000 employees. Mesa is a member of Regional Aviation Partners.

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. Today, America West serves 92 destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

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