Phoenix-Mesa Reveals Plans

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport hopes to accommodate 20 million passengers per annum within 20 years. (AZA)

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport hopes to accommodate 20 million passengers per annum within 20 years. (AZA)

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Arizona, USA, has outlined four phases of new terminal development during an Airport Authority’s Board of Directors meeting.  The proposed work will cost an estimated $1.4 billion and accommodate growing passenger numbers “over the next 20 years and beyond”.
The Northeast Area Development Plan, or ‘Gateway 2030’, was initiated following an indication by current passenger trends that the airport’s west side will be at full capacity by 2014. Starting in October 2009, the plan has been prepared by the Jacobs Engineering Group in collaboration with airport staff; federal, state and local officials; development industry experts; and major land owners around the airport.
Phase One, the cost of which is estimated at $344 million, is expected to be operational by 2017, and will include a single-level terminal for three million passengers per annum (mppa).  There will be 14 gates, parking for 4,375 vehicles, airfield improvements, partial construction of a circulation roadway and related infrastructure improvements.
The $145 million Phase Two will expand this terminal to 4.4mppa, with four additional gates, extension of the roadway, parking for 10,500 vehicles and a 1,000ft (305m) extension to Runway 12L/30R.
Phase Three aims to expand the terminal to two levels to accommodate 10mppa.  Plans include multilevel garages and a light rail service.
Completion of the project will come with Phase Four, which will enable the airport to handle 20mppa.  This phase will result in a total of 60 gates, 21,000 parking spaces and landside arrival and departure kerbs over two levels.  The airport does not anticipate that this work will start before 2030, and no cost estimates have been revealed.
The plan also forecasts $385 million in private development, which is expected to be spent on 2.5 million sq ft (232,258m2) of office and retail space and two hotels producing 600 rooms.
Funding sources include the Federal Aviation Administration, Arizona Department of Transportation, Airport Authority member government contributions and airport resources, such as passenger facility charges and bonds.

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