ARIZONA

Allegiant may leave Mesa airport

Allegiant Air, the only major commercial airline serving Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, may leave Mesa over differences with the airport, including a potential subsidy offered to another carrier.

The East Valley airport's board of directors is considering an agreement with Maine-based Elite Airways, a small carrier with seven planes, that would include a nearly $1.3 million incentive package.

Elite would provide regular air service from Mesa to San Diego and Salt Lake City — destinations Gateway has long wanted to add — and in return would pay no landing or terminal fees during the first six months.

The proposal has irked Allegiant, which shuttled more than 3.3 million passengers to 34 cities out of Mesa since beginning service there in October 2007. "We don't mind competition ... what we do mind is subsidized competition," said  Brian Davis, marketing vice president for Allegiant. 

Allegiant is now engaging in serious negotiations with Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for the first time about moving there, Davis said.

Hed goes here please and thanks 

PHOENIX — Intel Corp., one of Arizona's largest employers with an estimated 11,000 workers in Chandler, is laying off an unknown number of people amid a slow personal-computer market.

A copy of a June 15 letter given to employees, which was obtained by The Oregonian, says the workers have until July 15 to work, after which they will be provided with two months' base salary and four months of Intel-paid health-care coverage.

Spokesman Chuck Malloy in the company's Santa Clara, Calif., headquarters would not comment. "We don't comment on internal communications that are not intended for public consumption," he said Tuesday.

The letter to employees does not indicate how many workers are being released, but says they are those who earned low scores on annual performance reviews or stock plans.

The Arizona Republic