Work has begun at Phoenix Sky Harbor’s Terminal 3 to create a world-class traveling experience for airport visitors.  The phased Terminal Modernization Program will create a consolidated security checkpoint, additional ticket counters, new baggage carousels, an expanded curb for pick-up and drop off and new shops and restaurants.

The first phase of the program is already underway, and by summer of 2016, travelers will enjoy a larger security checkpoint to help them get to their gates faster in addition to modernized, expanded airline ticket counter space to make check-in more convenient.

“This program will fundamentally change the way travelers use Terminal 3,” Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said. “With an expanded security checkpoint and additional ticket counters, travelers will find a superior and modern terminal that showcases Arizona’s natural sunlight and beauty while also providing an efficient way to move through the terminal.”

Travelers may have already noticed the changes in Terminal 3 with the removal of the old pedestrian walkway outside of Terminal 3, the relocation of the Pet Park, and the closure of two restaurants and a gift shop pre-security.  A temporary bar has opened pre-security near Paradise Bakery, and food remains available before security 24 hours a day.  

Travelers should also be aware of some upcoming airline moves due to the Terminal 3 Modernization program.  In April, Spirit and Sun Country Airlines will relocate to Terminal 2 and Hawaiian will move from the south concourse of Terminal 3 to the north concourse.

“Customer service is extremely important to us,” City Councilwoman Kate Gallego said. “This project is taking place in phases so that we can ensure the least amount of disruption to our customers. These new enhancements will allow us to continue providing a world-class experience to every customer every day.”

Future phases of the project will see a redesign of the concourses and additional concession and retail options.

Architects on the project are DWL, SmithGroupJJR, Corgan.