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Phoenix airport eyes improvement, expansion in 20-year plan

Posted at 7:15 AM, Jun 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-13 10:15:16-04

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is looking ahead two decades with a plan that calls for expanding and improving facilities to match projected cargo and passenger growth.

The Phoenix City Council on Tuesday approved the airport's 20-year plan, sending it to the Federal Aviation Administration for review.

Airport officials expect more than 70 million passengers by 2039. It recorded nearly 45 million passengers last year.

The airport aims to free up space by moving cargo facilities to land on the north side.

The area is currently blocked by railroad tracks, so the plan calls for lowering the tracks and building taxiways over.

The airport also plans to add gates accessible by bus as the aging Terminal 2 heads for demolition. Passengers would board and depart planes on the tarmac.