Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Unveils New Five-Gate South Concourse

February 21, 2024 at 11:24 am

Joined by hundreds of community and business representatives and many federal, state, and local elected officials, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport has cut the ribbon on a brand new five-gate terminal concourse. The 30,000 sq. ft. addition replaces a four-gate, 10,000 sq. ft. portable building installed in 2008. The $28 million project was made possible through a mix of funding sources including grants from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, FAA Airport Improvement Program, the State of Arizona, and contributions from the six Airport Member Communities.

Apache Junction Mayor Chip Wilson, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority's (PMGAA) Board Chairman, expressed his excitement, stating, "With nearly two million passengers choosing Gateway Airport each year, this new terminal expansion shows PMGAA's commitment to enhancing the Just Plane Easy travel experience at Gateway Airport."

The Airport set new passenger activity records in each of the last two years, signaling the need for a larger terminal and additional gates. 2023 was the busiest year in the history of the Airport, welcoming over 1.9 million passengers.

Mesa Mayor John Giles emphasized the important role the Airport now plays in influencing economic activity in the region, stating, "Gateway Airport contributes more than $1.8 billion each year to the greater Phoenix economy. Expanding capacity at the Airport unlocks new opportunities for both sun-seeking visitors and local air travelers."

With a total of 11 gates, Gateway Airport is primed to sustain its remarkable growth trajectory. Allegiant now offers nonstop service to 45 popular destinations and plans to increase their summer flight schedule by an impressive 19%. Sun Country continues to enjoy great success with its seasonal nonstop service to Minneapolis.

J. Brian O'Neill A.A.E., PMGAA's Executive Director and CEO adds, "the new South Concourse provides additional gates and capacity just in time to welcome hundreds of thousands of spring travelers to Arizona. The facility also positions Gateway Airport for continued passenger growth in the future."

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