Gateway Posts Record Growth

Airport says summer has been the best in its history

Ryan Smith

Signaling a shift in local travel habits of the Greater Phoenix Market, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport posted its best ever summer passenger numbers in the history of the Airport. July marked the 10th consecutive month of year-over-year passenger activity growth at Gateway Airport. Travelers can now choose from one of 46 nonstop destinations offered at Gateway Airport through its airline partners Allegiant, WestJet and Swoop.

“More and more people are finding that Gateway Airport is a convenient and affordable way to take a much-needed vacation or travel to visit family and friends,” said Apache Junction Mayor and Chairman of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority (PMGAA) Jeff Serdy. “The authority planned for this continued growth in passenger activity and recently completed several important facility and infrastructure improvement projects to make it even more convenient to travel through Gateway.”

May, June and July were all record-setting months with double-digit increases in year-over-year passenger growth. Concession and parking operations at the airport both experienced similar growth patterns this summer. Parking revenue in July was the highest in the airport’s history, reflecting a growing number of local travelers choosing Gateway Airport to escape the summer heat.

“A growing number of greater Phoenix families have discovered how easy and cost-effective it is to travel through Gateway Airport,” said PMGAA Executive Director/CEO J. Brian O’Neill, A.A.E. “We are pleased that a record number of local air travelers are making Gateway their airport of choice.”

Gateway Airport is located in Mesa, the 38th largest city in the United States. Mesa is part of the greater Phoenix area of Maricopa County, the fastest growing county in the nation in 2017.


  1. Have flown out of Mesa Gateway numerous times! There baggage handlers are terrible! One flight waited 59 mins for baggage! Also why dont they install tunnels from terminal to plane!!

  2. I love the convenience of Mesa Gateway (IWA), but do
    not utilize it . . . and won’t — until it is serviced by a safe, reliable airline — which studies show that Allegiant Airlines is not.

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