Most people look at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway airport as a relatively small local airport, but did you know that there are over 222,000 take off’s and landing per year? That makes our local airport busier than Portland International Airport!

Originally Williams Air Force Base, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway has seen big changes over the last 25 years, and more are on the horizon.

The Airport plans to develop 700 acres of land at the southwest corner of Ellsworth and Ray roads. Part of that land will be used for a new terminal once the current one hits capacity.

On Tuesday July, 25 2017 Phoenix-Mesa Gateway hosted an open house where they detailed the future development of the land, which will include uses for industrial, commercial, and even residential properties.


Earlier this year Allegiant announced eight new destinations departing from the airport, but Allegiant does not provide daily flights out of the airport. Currently Gateway is looking to attract a daily regional jet service, bringing in a service like this would allow business travelers daily access to anything they needed.

What does this mean for San Tan Valley?

With new land development comes new jobs, most of them in the Aviation sector. Constant Aviation a Mid-West based maintenance, and repair company has announced plans to build a facility. Constant Aviation alone will bring 200 jobs with an average wage of $60,000 to the area.

New flights bring San Tan Valley residents easier travel options. Currently Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport services over 45 cities in North America, but those are not daily flights. A daily regional jet service will presumably add not only more flights but added locations.

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