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SWA Planning $40M Sky Harbor Expansion

Courtesy of the City of Phoenix

By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange

Southwest Airlines announced Wednesday it will increase its presence at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport over the coming years by occupying the future eight-gate concourse at Terminal 4 and investing $40M to expand its maintenance facility.

The concourse, which will be the eighth and final at Terminal 4, is scheduled to open in 2021. Southwest currently occupies three concourses in the terminal.

Accompanied by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Southwest’s President Tom Nealon made the announcement at a gathering of the PHX Aero Club.

A Phoenix City Council subcommittee authorized and recommended the $250M Terminal 4 expansion project in October. News of the project was first announced by City of Phoenix Aviation Department Deputy Director of Design and Construction Kyle Kotchou, at the inaugural AZBEX Public Works Conference on Oct. 5. In the same presentation, he also announced the planned $700M PHX Sky Train Stage 2 development. The terminal expansion is currently in the planning stages, and CMAR submittals for the sky train are under review. (AZBEX, Oct. 7, 2016)

“We’ve never wavered in our commitment to serving Phoenix’s travelers,” Nealon said. “Our customers tell us they love the hospitality they receive at Sky Harbor and we’re looking forward to welcoming them into our new space when the new concourse opens.”

Nealon also announced that Southwest is investing more than $40M to expand the carrier’s maintenance facility at Phoenix Sky Harbor. Southwest is adding a hangar and doubling the number of maintenance bays from two to four.

“Southwest Airlines has always been a vital partner for Phoenix, and their continued investment in Sky Harbor and commitment to this market demonstrates how important we are to them,” Stanton said.

“Today’s announcement validates the investment the City of Phoenix has made in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport,” said District 5 Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, chair of the Downtown, Aviation, Economy and Innovation Subcommittee. “Phoenix Sky Harbor is more than one of the busiest airports in the nation, it is also a fierce economic driver not only in the City of Phoenix but also for the entire region and the state, providing a return on investment with a total economic impact of nearly $30B and supporting over 240,000 regional jobs.”

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