Phoenix City Council has voted to send the airport’s Comprehensive Asset Management Plan (CAMP) to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for review and approval.
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 airplanes 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.
To continue to provide modern facilities to meet customer demand and meet its goal, the airport will also need to renovate some of its older space in Terminal 4. Furthermore, Sky Harbor’s central location, increased vehicle traffic, and security requirements have resulted in a need to make adjustments to its roadway system. The airport is also examining ways to improve Sky Harbor Boulevard.
Each individual project in this plan will need to be approved by the Phoenix City Council. And the airport roadmap is designed to be phased incrementally, so that each portion is built when demand warrants. All projects would be paid for through grants, airport revenues, facility charges and bonds. No local tax dollars would be utilized.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the largest economic engine in the state of Arizona. Each year, it brings more than US$38bn to the economy and creates 58,000 jobs.