Sinema Delivers Key Win to Expand Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

Traffic projected to exceed Sky Harbor’s capacity within 7 years; Gateway Airport will need to grow to meet demand

With more travelers than ever flying in and out of the Valley, Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) secured a key provision to help Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport grow to meet increasing regional demand. The measure cuts red tape to allow the airport to construct a new air traffic control tower capable of handling a larger number of flights. Sinema led a yearslong, bipartisan effort to include the provision in the recently-passed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill.

“Valley residents and businesses will depend more and more on Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport as our region continues to grow,” said Congresswoman Sinema. “For years, Washington red tape held Mesa back from expanding their airport to meet rising demand. We cut through the gridlock and delivered for Arizona families, ensuring Gateway can move forward with a new control tower that will pave the way for future economic development. We’ll keep working across the aisle to rebuild our infrastructure and grow Arizona’s economy.”

“Gateway Airport is an economic engine for the entire state of Arizona. Gateway has worked closely with Congresswoman Sinema and the Arizona delegation to construct a new air traffic control tower, which will allow for the continued growth of both commercial and cargo service.  We appreciate the work of Congresswoman Sinema to make sure this years-long project became a reality.” - John Giles, Mayor of Mesa

The Sinema-led provision removes a cap on the amount of FAA Airport Improvement Program grant funds that may be used for construction of air traffic control towers. Removing the cap will allow Gateway Airport to begin construction on a new control tower. The new tower is essential for the airport to meet the demands of increased operations and FAA standards.