Southwest Airlines is already one of the two top airlines at Sky Harbor — and now the carrier is planning additional investments at the airport.
Southwest Airlines plans to boost its already strong presence in Phoenix with a major expansion at Sky Harbor International Airport in the next five years.
Southwest is adding eight gates to the 24 it already occupies in Terminal 4. The airline, the No. 2 carrier at Sky Harbor behind American with more than 170 daily non-stop flights to 50 cities.
The Dallas carrier has committed to be the tenant of a new eight-gate concourse due to open in 2021, Southwest President Tom Nealon said Wednesday. The gates will be near Southwest’s D gates, which debuted in 2005.
In addition to that expansion the airline will invest $40 million to expand its maintenance facilities at the airport. And both are big deals, said Deborah Ostreicher, assistant aviation director for the City of Phoenix.
“When an airline decides to double the size of their maintenance facility and commit to eight new gates on a brand-new concourse, that sends a message loud and clear that they are committed and invested in Phoenix,” she said.
These investments will not only help the airport, Ostreicher said, but also the economy in the city and state. The airport’s economic impact is estimated at $30 billion.