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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 21, 2022

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Reports Record November Passenger Activity
Reminds Passengers to Plan Ahead for Holiday Travel

Mesa, Arizona — The number of travelers flying through Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (Gateway Airport, Airport) continues to set new records, with November 2022 marking the busiest November ever at the Airport. Seven of the last nine months have set records for passenger activity as more air travelers choose Gateway Airport as they return to the skies. 157,725 passengers came through the Airport this November, a 7% increase over the previous record November set in 2021. 

This winter, Allegiant Air, Sun Country, and three Canadian airlines – Swoop, Flair, and WestJet – will offer nonstop service to nearly 60 domestic and international destinations.

“November represented another month of continued record growth at Gateway Airport,” said J. Brian O’Neill A.A.E., Executive Director/CEO of the Airport. “Each month, more and more air travelers are discovering the convenience and affordability of using Gateway Airport when they need to travel.”

To keep up with this record growth, Gateway Airport recently started construction on a new 30,000 square foot, five gate terminal addition that is expected to be completed by early 2024.

The peak holiday travel season began Sunday, December 18th and will run through Monday, January 2nd. Passengers can expect busier than normal roadways, parking lots, and security lines and should plan accordingly.

  • Airports have rush hours too. Arrive early and pack accordingly. Peak times for the Airport are generally between 5-7 a.m. and 2-6 p.m. Arrive two hours before your flight. If you are not checking a bag and have your boarding pass, you can go straight to security, saving yourself time.
  • Parking lots closest to the terminal fill up. The Ray Road Economy Parking Lot will always have spaces available, and there is a free shuttle service to the terminal every 7 minutes. 
  • Pack smart by contacting TSA or visiting our What Can I Bring page before you leave home.
  • Use Flight Status Page and Cell Phone Lot. Double-check your flight status with your airline before coming to the airport. If you are picking up friends or family, take advantage of the brand-new Cell Phone Lot located on Sossaman Rd south of Ray Rd.

For more information about Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, please visit:


Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Media Contact:
Ryan Smith, Director of Communications and Government Relations
Phone: 480-988-7617