The newly renovated Terminal 3 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport could be named in honor of Arizona’s iconic senior Senator John McCain under a proposal put forward today by Mayor Greg Stanton.

“Senator McCain has given so much of himself to our country, to Arizona and to Phoenix. Giving something back to an American hero, a former naval aviator, and a 30-year member of the U.S. Senate is the least we can do,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “It’s perfectly fitting that our busiest terminals at Sky Harbor would be named for two of Arizona’s best-known aviators and most impactful public servants – Senator Barry Goldwater and Senator John McCain.”

Like Goldwater, McCain served our nation as a military aviator, was nominated by his party for president and has been elected to represent Arizona in the United States Senate five times.

“Sky Harbor Airport is one of America’s busiest airports and is a point of pride for Phoenicians.  As such, there is no greater honor the city can bestow than to name one of its terminals after a community leader,” said Councilman Jim Waring.  “Tens of millions of visitors and residents will see Senator McCain’s name and be reminded of his long service and personal sacrifice on behalf of Arizona and our country.  This is a fitting tribute to a man who personifies courage and perseverance.”

Terminal 3 is in the middle of a $590 million modernization that will make it home to one of the most flier-friendly experiences in the country.  By 2020, the long-outdated terminal will have a new south concourse with 15 new gates and a remodeled north concourse with all new shops and restaurants that will match the quality of what passengers now find in Terminal 4.  On track with making Phoenix one of the most sustainable cities in the world, the terminal will also be energy-efficient, with LED lighting in every fixture.

The proposal is pending a full City Council vote – which is expected to take place at the Nov. 29 Formal Meeting – and will be forwarded to Sen. McCain’s office for full consideration.