SkyWest Airlines will bring the Christmas spirit to children of low-income families with its ninth annual Fantasy Flight on Saturday. For the last nine years, SkyWest has partnered with the Junior League of Colorado Springs and CPCD…giving children a head start (CPCD) to bring the magic of the “North Pole” to the children.

“This event is cherished by everyone involved,” said Lori Hunt, SkyWest vice president of People. “Every year SkyWest employees help provide treasured holiday memories for children whose families struggle to meet their basic needs. Everything to make this event possible is donated, from the fuel for the aircraft to the gifts that Santa gives to the children, all in the spirit of giving.”

SkyWest will carry the children aboard a SkyWest Airlines Canadair Regional Jet 700 (CRJ700) on a 30-minute flight from the Colorado Springs Airport to the “North Pole” (COS gate 11). There, the little passengers will be greeted by Santa Claus himself, who will present gifts to each child in attendance. The night also includes dinner for the children and their families, appearances from local Olympians and Sox the Fox, pictures with Santa, a petting zoo and more. 

“Thanks to continued support from SkyWest and the Junior League of Colorado Springs, we can again provide a joyful and exciting holiday experience for some of our children and families living in extreme hardship,” said CPCD CEO Noreen Landis-Tyson. “So many of us look forward to this event every year.”

Children aboard the Fantasy Flight are enrolled in CPCD early childhood education programs. The children live below the poverty level, have an identified special need or have a home situation that puts them at risk for school failure.