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Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 48):hey have some old, old open air hangars next to the terminal that is rusting to bits. They should tear those down and make way for a bigger parking lot, maybe a double floor parking garage like T2 has at PHX.
Yeah, that would probably be a good idea.
I remember at the last couple of Open Houses the airport had, they had diagrams up that showed the 'real' passenger terminal off of Ellsworth. Don't recall what dates it estimated, though.
Looking at their construction updates (http://www.flywga.org/content/PND/ConstructionUpdates.pdf), they mention that construction that is just south of the terminal, which is going to be new parking, so that will help in the meantime.
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As someone else said, there are other posts on the code change, but in short a couple of months ago we changed it to AZA with IATA, but FAA said there were too many documents (too much cost) for them to consider chaning IWA in their books. AZA sounds much cooler for Arizona's new Airport. This is the code that all airlines will be using for their ticket sales and Web sites. By the way, IWA was chosen (as I've heard - urban legend?) because the guy who submitted the paperwork for that designation was named Irwin and he decided to submit his initials before he left the airport. True or not it is kind of funny.
The hangar in question next to the terminal is actually on the historic registry and we couldn't even repaint it without two lawyers, 563 spools of red tape, and an iron will. They stay for a while. In any case, they are currently used for storing GSE and we even have a Commermorative Air Force F4U Corsair in front it. Come check it out. They were both built around the same time.
New parking is being built south of the terminal right now and there are several hundred spaces available. FREE!
The new passenger terminal (the permanent one) will be built on the northeast side of the airport with direct connections to the Loop 202 freeway and a future city center type of development. No timeframe, but the current terminal could handle about 325,000 enplanements with some slight modification. Given that a new terminal could take 5 years front start of serious planning to opening, the discussion about a start date is gaining speed.
Also, the name change to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport goes to the Board of Directors in September.
Lost in the shuffle is that Vision Holidays will be adding service to Long Beach this fall pending FAA approvals.