Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport to begin expansion of security checkpoint

On Sunday, Oct. 1, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport will begin construction on a project to expand and enhance its Transportation Security Administration security checkpoint. The project, designed to ensure continued convenience and passenger processing efficiency as the airport grows, will increase the number of security screening lanes from four to five with a future capacity of six […]

NewLeaf airlines to begin charter service from Canada to Gateway Airport

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and NewLeaf Travel Co. announced Nov. 16 new charter service from Canada to the Phoenix East Valley. The service, beginning in January, will offer Canadian visitors  access to all the amenities the greater Phoenix region has to offer. NewLeaf will operate three nonstop flights each week from Calgary starting on Jan. 1, […]

Airport land use plan update to be discussed

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is in the process of updating its land use compatibility plan for the airport and the surrounding area. Members of the public are invited to attend a meeting and learn about preliminary recommendations and the next steps in the process, according to an event flier. It will take place 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, […]

Gateway Airport continues land use compatibility plan update

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is working to update its Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan for the airport and the surrounding area, which includes the towns of Queen Creek and Gilbert, part of the City of Mesa and unincorporated Maricopa and Pinal counties.

A public meeting will be held to share updates with the public on the ALUCP process at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Chandler-Gilbert Community College at Gateway, Bridget Hall within the Higley Room 7360 E. Tahoe Ave. in Mesa.

For more information visit its website, or call 480-988-7600.

The Airport Authority is owned and operated by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority, which consists of Apache Junction, Mesa, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Gila River Indian Community and Phoenix. Gateway Airport offers nonstop passenger service to 38 cities via Allegiant and has 1,000 acres of undeveloped land available for future job growth in the East Valley.

The primary focus of the plan update is to examine the suitability of the current Airport Planning Area boundaries, overflight zones, and land use planning policies. PGMAA is committed to ensuring that contemporary tools and methodologies are reflected in the preparation of the plan update, including reevaluated long-term aircraft noise exposure and land use planning guidelines.

The ALUCP will reflect the intent of PMGAA to protect for long-term compatibility of the airport with surrounding communities by preventing the encroachment of non-compatible land uses into areas of long-term noise exposure risk.

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport breaks ground on new taxiway

The Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority on Oct. 8 broke ground and began construction on a 3,610-foot by 75-foot-wide taxiway extension that will improve air traffic flow, expand capacity and reduce delays for passengers, according to a press release.

Gateway, the nation’s 39th busiest airport in 2014 with more than 228,000 landings and takeoffs, is committed to making its airport more efficient, Executive Director Jane Morris said. Gateway’s board of directors, made up of elected officials from across the Valley, has invested in infrastructure improvements that will enable the airport to handle additional aircraft more efficiently. The efficiency of an airport is increased when planes don’t have to wait in line to takeoff or land, which means less fuel and less engine time, Ms. Morris said in the release.

When completed, planes taking off and landing at Gateway are expected to be able to enter and exit the runway faster. The $5.4 million project to construct the new taxiway is expected to improve access to the eastern runway. The taxiway is slated for completion at the end of April 2016.

The project will be wholly funded by Gateway’s Passenger Facility Charges – routine fees that airports charge passengers to fund infrastructure upgrades and other improvement projects.

Expect low-flying military aircraft with Marine Week

The U.S. Marines will conduct aircraft operations involving helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft and will be based out of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport as part of Marine Week planned activities. Several of the operations will include helicopter landings at area high schools and high performance aircraft flyovers at public events. The aircraft will be based at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport when not in use and can be viewed at the public viewing park located at 5835 S. Sossaman Road, according to a press release.

Expected aircraft participation include:

·F/A-18C ‘Super Hornet’
·KC-130J ‘Hercules’
·H-1Y ‘Venom’ (Huey)
·H-1Z ‘Viper’ (Cobra)
·MV-22B ‘Osprey’

The operations, which will vary in aircraft participation, will take place:

· 6-6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, near First Street and Jefferson in Phoenix

· 12:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Basha High School in Chandler

· 9-10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at Buckeye Union High School in Buckeye

· 8:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at the Arizona National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix

· 10 a.m.-noon Friday, Sept. 11, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale

· 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at Chase Field in Phoenix

· 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe

· 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale

· 1-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, near irst Street and Jefferson in Phoenix

East Valley residents should expect low-flying military operations as aircraft arrive and depart Gateway Airport. Concerned residents can call the Airport Authority’s noise complaint line at 480-929-7902.

About Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority

The Airport is owned and operated by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority, which consists of Mesa, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Gila River Indian Community, Phoenix and Apache Junction. Gateway Airport offers nonstop passenger service to 35 cities via Allegiant and has 1,000 acres of undeveloped land available for future job growth in the East Valley. For more information, visit www.phxmesagateway.org.