Phoenix City Council approves Sky Harbor’s roadmap for the future

Business News | 12 Jun |

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and members of the Phoenix City Council have voted to send the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s Comprehensive Asset Management Plan (CAMP) to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for review and approval. The mayor and council approved the Airport’s roadmap for the future during the June 11, 2019 Policy Session.

“The best infrastructure projects anticipate the needs of a community far into the future,” Gallego said. “Sky Harbor is one of our state’s largest economic engines and, with this unanimous vote, it will continue to drive our economy for generations to come.”

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the largest economic engine in the state of Arizona. Each year, it brings more than $38 billion to the economy and creates 58,000 jobs. The Airport provides vital opportunities for businesses both large and small, and it is critical that the Airport has the facilities and services to serve the region well into the future. CAMP is a roadmap necessary for America’s Friendliest Airport to be able to meet this future demand.

The long-term plan includes: Moving cargo and support operations to the north side of the Airport to create room for expanded terminal facilities; working with the Union Pacific Railroad to partially trench the track and build a taxiway bridge so that planes can access the relocated cargo operations; and providing space for the Air National Guard 161st Refueling Wing to expand on the south side of the Airport.

“Sky Harbor Airport is not only important for Phoenix but for the State of Arizona as well,” said Councilwoman Thelda Williams, District 1. “The approval of the airport’s Comprehensive Asset Management Plan is a big step in ensuring we are prepared for the future use of Sky Harbor. I want to thank the community, stakeholders, staff, and airlines who participated in this process. This was truly a team effort and I know we will look back on this day in the future and be proud of the work we completed.”

Member of the Aviation and Transportation Subcommittee

America’s Friendliest Airport® strives to not only provide world-class customer service, but world-class facilities including a variety of food and retail options as well as access to charging stations. To continue to provide modern facilities to meet customer demand and meet its goal, the Airport will also need to renovate some of its older space in Terminal 4.

Sky Harbor’s central location, increased vehicle traffic, and security requirements have resulted in a need to make adjustments to its roadway system. As part of Sky Harbor’s pathway to the future, the Airport is also examining ways to improve Sky Harbor Boulevard. 

Each individual project in this plan will need to be approved by the Phoenix City Council. And the airport roadmap is designed to be phased incrementally, so that each portion is built when demand warrants. All projects would be paid for through grants, airport revenues, facility charges and bonds. No local tax dollars would be utilized.  For more information on CAMP, please visit skyharbor.com/camp

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