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Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Celebrates Busiest Year Ever

MESA, Ariz. Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (Gateway Airport, Airport) set a new record for commercial passenger activity, welcoming 1,917,911 total passengers in Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23). This represents a 5.6% increase over FY22 numbers, the previous high-water mark for Gateway Airport. Seven of twelve months had record-setting passenger activity.

“The growth of Gateway Airport over the past few years has been phenomenal,” said Apache Junction Mayor Chip Wilson, Chairman of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority (PMGAA) Board of Directors. “The Airport’s continued growth is providing tremendous economic benefit for the entire greater Phoenix region. We look forward to welcoming even more sun-seeking visitors through the Airport this year.”

During the past year, Gateway Airport opened several new food and beverage concessions to provide more options for the growing number of air travelers choosing the Airport. A new Macayo’s Mexican Food restaurant opened between Gates 4 and 5, and two new Infusion Coffee and Tea Crafters locations opened, one in the Gate Area and one in Baggage Claim.

The Airport is currently constructing a 5-Gate, 30,000 sq. ft. terminal addition and an enclosed pedestrian walkway connecting the airline ticket counters to the TSA security Screening Checkpoint. Both projects will be complete in early 2024, just in time for the busy spring travel rush. 

J. Brian O’Neill, A.A.E. Executive Director/CEO of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority added, “More and more air travelers are discovering the value and convenience of using Gateway Airport. The Airport would like to thank its airline partners, airport tenants, and our passengers for helping make FY23 a record year.”

Allegiant Air recently announced new nonstop service between Gateway Airport and Portland, Oregon beginning in November; bringing their total number of nonstop destinations at the Airport to 47. Visit for all the exciting details.

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