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NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25, 2016


Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Receives $9 Million FAA Grant for Major Airfield Reconstruction Project
105 construction jobs created for year-long project

MESA, Ariz. — Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport announced today one of the largest Federal grants it has received since transitioning from a fighter pilot training base to a bustling regional airport.  The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded a $9,126,000 grant to replace over one million square feet of concrete originally built in 1941.  The concrete, referred to as the North Apron Area, will be replaced in five phases and includes areas used by corporate, military, general aviation and the two flight training schools that operate out of Gateway Airport.  The year-long project is being scheduled in phases in order to not disrupt daily operations at the busy airport. 

“Major undertakings like the North Apron Reconstruction Project don’t happen without strong support from our Congressional Delegation and our partners at the FAA and Arizona Department of Transportation,” said Interim Executive Director/CEO J. Brian O’Neill, A.A.E.  “Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is appreciative of their continued support as we build and improve this important regional transportation asset.”

Mesa, AZ Mayor John Giles, Chairman of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority added, “This is a significant project that will create 105 jobs and enhance the airport’s ability to serve corporate customers, military training exercises, and other general aviation users.”

The $10,000,000 project includes a local grant match by the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority.  Construction is anticipated to begin on September 20th following a groundbreaking ceremony, and will take a year to complete.  After a competitive bidding process, Dibble Engineering was awarded the contract to oversee the project. 

For more information about Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport please visit www.gatewayairport.com.

About Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport:
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is owned and operated by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority (PMGAA).  PMGAA consists of representation from Mesa, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Gila River Indian Community, Phoenix, and Apache Junction. Gateway Airport offers nonstop passenger service to 38 cities via Allegiant and welcomes more than 1.3 million passengers each year.  Corporate, military and General Aviation customers are served by Gateway Aviation Services, a 24 hour full service FBO located just north of the passenger terminal.

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Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Media Contact:
Ryan Smith, Strategic Communications/Government Relations
Phone: 480-988-7617
Email: rsmith@phxmesagateway.org