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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 25, 2014

Aircraft Activity Increases at Gateway Airport
Aircraft landings and takeoffs increased 34% over Fiscal Year 2013

MESA, Ariz. — Aircraft traffic numbers at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport increased 34% from 162,654 landings and takeoffs in Fiscal Year 2013 to 218,310 in Fiscal Year 2014. The increase in traffic moves Gateway Airport from 64th busiest tower in the United States to 42, trending towards a “top 40” busiest tower by the end of the calendar year.

“This is great news for our local businesses as it indicates more people are coming into the East Valley,” said Queen Creek Mayor and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Board Chairman Gail Barney. He added, “The Gateway area is emerging into a premier place to both live and work.”  

The source of the increase in aircraft operations is largely attributed to an increase in pilot training and charter flight activity.

“Gateway Airport’s three long runways, convenient access to the regions highway system, position the airport to continue to attract businesses that want to locate near an Airport. The Airport Authority Board’s vision which is dedicated to bringing in new jobs to the East Valley, continues to be realized with recent Board approvals,” said Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Executive Director, Jane Morris. She added, “Just this past week, our Board of Directors signed a ground lease with Cavan Commercial to build a 120,000 square-feet multi-tenant industrial building and also a lease with CAE-Oxford to start a new flight simulator training operation. New jobs are on the way.”

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority’s fiscal year is July 1 through June 30.

About Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority

The Airport Authority is owned and operated by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority, which consists of Mesa, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Gila River Indian Community, Phoenix, and Apache Junction. Gateway offers nonstop passenger service to 35 cities via Allegiant and has 1,000 acres of undeveloped land available for future job growth in the East Valley. For more information, visit




Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Media Contact:
Brian Sexton
Phone: 480-988-7618