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Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Unveils New Concourse Amid Record Traffic

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Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is gearing up to unveil its latest development, a brand new concourse, set to open in about a month. This addition comes as a response to the airport's record-breaking year in 2023, which saw an unprecedented number of travelers using the facility. Located in the thriving East Valley, the airport's expansion is a testament to its growing popularity and the increasing demand for air travel in the region.

Brian O'Neill, the airport's director, highlighted the significance of this expansion. The new concourse will feature a fifth gate, a crucial addition to handle the surging passenger traffic. "We're trying to build in some of the modern amenities you'll see in airports," O'Neill commented, indicating the airport's commitment to keeping pace with contemporary travel needs.

The upgrades are not just limited to additional gates. O'Neill proudly listed the new features, including a revamped concession area, a tech lounge, and improved bathroom facilities. These enhancements are part of the airport's broader strategy to offer a more comfortable and convenient experience to travelers.

Reflecting on the journey, O'Neill reminisced about the old concourse, which was demolished last year. The new terminal, spanning 30,000 square feet with five gates, is a significant upgrade from the previous 10,000-square-foot, four-gate terminal. This change was partly motivated by the challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. "The smaller terminal was not a healthy environment if we had more than one flight going out at a time," O'Neill explained, underscoring the importance of space in ensuring passenger safety and comfort.

The project, with an investment of $28 million in federal and state funding, also boasts unique features. It links the south, mid, and north concourses, creating a seamless experience for travelers moving from Gate 1A to Gate 10. "This is really going to enhance the customer service experience at the airport," O'Neill stated.

Currently, the airport operates 45 non-stop flights via Allegiant and Sun Country Airlines, covering destinations across the Midwest and West Coast. With the expansion, Allegiant Airlines anticipates a 19% increase in their summer schedule, promising more flights and destinations. The new facility can service 11 aircraft simultaneously, a significant improvement from the seven-aircraft capacity of the old terminal.

Many travelers have expressed their preference for Gateway Airport. Citing direct flights and convenient drop-off services. The upcoming concourse, with its promise of enhanced facilities and dining options, will be a welcome addition.

The new concourse, set to open its doors to the public on Wednesday, Feb. 21, marks a new chapter for Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. It not only reflects the growth and dynamism of the East Valley but also underscores the airport's commitment to evolving with the needs of modern travelers, offering them a more efficient, comfortable, and enjoyable travel experience.
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