Following the approval by Phoenix City Council of Sky Harbor International Airport’s roadmap for the future, the airport’s Comprehensive Asset Management Plan (CAMP) is now being sent to the Federal Aviation Administration for review and approval.
As the largest economic engine in the state of Arizona, the airport brings in more than $38 billion to the economy and creates 58,000 jobs. Ensuring the airport has the facilities and services to serve the region and meet future demand is critical.
“The best infrastructure projects anticipate the needs of a community far into the future,” said Phoenix Mayor, Kate Gallego. “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.”
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. The airport is also exploring ways to improve Sky Harbor Boulevard – the road leading in to the airport.
The airport roadmap is designed to be phased incrementally with all project funded by grants, airport revenues, facility charges and bonds.
Councillor, Thelda Williams, added: “Sky Harbor Airport is not only important for Phoenix but for the State of Arizona as well. 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.”