MESA, Ariz. – Gateway Airport officials announced Federal Aviation Administration funds have been released to begin design and construction of the fifth expansion of the passenger terminal in the past four years. The announcement means staff will be able
to plan and construct an additional two gates, growing the facility to a total of ten when completed in late 2013.
“Gateway Airport is the fastest growing passenger hub airport in the U.S.,” said Airport Executive Director Lynn Kusy. “We need to expand our terminal facility to keep up with the popular demand and we’re grateful the FAA recognizes that.”
Pending Airport Authority Board approval, design will start in the next 90 days with construction to begin in fall/winter 2012. The main elements expected in the design include:
- Adding two more departure gates, bringing the total to 10
- Moving Transportation Security Administration screening from the passenger ticketing area to the current rental car location; possibly adding an additional third queue lane
- Moving rental car counters and concessions from current baggage claim area to the bag belt area
- Improvements to ticketing building including reconfigure/expand ticket counters and queuing area
The FAA grants are for $6,034,917 and require a 5% match divided between the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority. ADOT is expected to consider the matching grant in October.
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