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- United States Senator from Arizona
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is now served by five domestic and international airlines offering nonstop jet service to more than 60 popular destinations across the U.S. and Canada.
The airport is experiencing record-setting passenger growth as air travelers return to the sky for long-delayed trips to visit family and friends. This increased activity represents more than $1.8 billion annually in economic contribution to the Arizona economy.
Thanks to the leadership of Arizona senior Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is now law. This historic achievement and significant investment will ensure that Arizona’s aviation infrastructure will continue to meet the needs of the region’s rapidly growing population.
The bill includes $25 billion in new airport funding over the next five years, providing the opportunity to address much-needed repairs and improvements to Arizona’s airports. This additional federal funding is critical for airports to be able to complete large, transformative projects that would otherwise take years to complete.
New investment in aviation infrastructure is necessary and long overdue.
At Phoenix Mesa-Gateway Airport, we’ve needed to strategically prioritize airport facility and infrastructure projects to match available federal funding. The airport’s commercial passenger terminal currently has a temporary, portable four-gate structure installed in 2007 that was exposed as undersized and substandard during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additional federal dollars would allow the airport to construct a permanent terminal addition designed to meet current standards and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.
The terminal addition, combined with our new air traffic control tower scheduled to open in summer 2022, will enable the airport to attract new airlines, additional air service and aviation industry companies that will generate significant economic activity across the greater Phoenix region.
Opportunities abound for Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, and the additional federal investment made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act will serve as a catalyst for growth and development.
Senator Sinema deserves a lot of credit for her tireless work over the past year in negotiating and navigating this historic legislation.
We are excited for what the future will bring, not just for Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, but for Arizona and our great nation.
J. Brian O’Neill is executive director and CEO of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority.
This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport will finally get a permanent terminal