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SkyWest Airlines Celebrates the Annual Fantasy Flight


SkyWest Airlines Celebrates the Annual Fantasy Flight
Partners with JLCS and CPCD to bring the Magic of Christmas to Colorado Springs Children

COLORADO SPRINGS –SkyWest Airlines and the Junior League of Colorado Springs (JLCS) will bring the magic of Christmas to underprivileged children and their families on Saturday, Dec. 9. SkyWest is proud to partner with the JLCS and CPCD…giving children a head start (CPCD) to carry underprivileged Colorado Springs children on a magical flight to the “North Pole.”

“The Fantasy Flight brings a magical atmosphere of wonder and cheer to the children in Colorado Springs,” said Lori Hunt, SkyWest’s vice president of People. “Every year, SkyWest people are delighted to play a part in creating this unforgettable event.”

SkyWest will carry the children aboard a SkyWest Airlines Canadair Regional Jet 200 on a 30-minute flight from the Colorado Springs Airport to the “North Pole” (COS gate 3). There, the little passengers will be greeted by Santa Claus himself, who will present gifts to each child in attendance. The night will also include dinner for the children and their families, as well as appearances from local Olympians, pictures with Santa and much more! 

“Fantasy Flight is an event that brings joy to all involved, not just the children," said CPCD CEO Noreen Landis-Tyson. “Bringing smiles this holiday to these little ones is a privilege.”

“Fantasy Flight is one of the signature events of the JLCS each year. Our organization is committed to helping children in our community and member volunteers love to share in the families’ delight as they enjoy this holiday adventure,” said Fantasy Flight Committee Chair, Carly Kobasiar. JLCS volunteers add to the magic of the event by providing gifts for children involved, time and decorations for the “North Pole”, and coordination of the overall event including food and activities.

Children aboard the Fantasy Flight are enrolled in CPCD early childhood education programs. These children live below the poverty level, have an identified special need, or have a home situation that puts them at risk for school failure. Media are encouraged to attend this unforgettable experience. Check in begins at 3:45 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Airport at the United Airlines ticket counter, and the Fantasy Flight will depart at approximately 6 p.m. Please contact SkyWest Airlines at 435.634.3553 if you are a member of the media interested in being on the flight as seating is extremely limited.

About SkyWest Airlines:

As a leading air service provider offering global access to millions of people each month, SkyWest partners with the world’s largest network carriers including United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines. With a fleet of 423 aircraft, SkyWest’s more than 12,700 aviation professionals operate over 2,000 flights each day to 237 destinations throughout North America. SkyWest is known for its industry-leading workforce, exceptional leadership team, and continued solid operational and economic performance. The airline is headquartered in St. George, Utah. Visit for more information and follow @SkyWestAirlines on Twitter.

About Junior League of Colorado Springs:

JLCS is a non-profit organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Since 1924, the Junior League of Colorado Springs has addressed the needs and served the community throughout the Pikes Peak region as both an initiator of projects as well as a ready partner to other non-profit organizations. To learn more about the JLCS, visit or contact the Junior League office at (719) 632-3855.


About CPCD…giving children a head start:

CPCD provides more than 1,800 children living in poverty or challenged by special circumstances with an early childhood education through three core programs – Head Start, Early Head Start, and the Colorado Preschool Program. CPCD collaborates with the community to bring comprehensive services to our children and families, including health, behavioral health, dental, nutrition, transportation, and family support services. More information is available at



Hanna Hansen                                                            Sydney Kozel   

SkyWest Airlines                                                         Colorado Springs Airport 

435.634.3553                                                              719.550.1917  


Carmen FitzPatrick                                                     Carly Kobasiar

CPCD…giving children a head start                           Junior League of Colorado Springs

719.884.2905                                                              706.231.2619