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Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Debuts New Concourse, Shops and Restaurants, Unique Public Art

Jan 7, 2019, 13:12 PM by Public Relations
Mayor and City Council showcase second component of the Terminal 3 Modernization Program

PHOENIX – America’s Friendliest Airport®’s mission is to provide world-class customer service to every customer every day, and to achieve this mission, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has embarked on several capital improvement projects, including the modernization of the John S. McCain III Terminal 3. On January 7, Phoenix Mayor Thelda Williams, Cindy McCain, members of the Phoenix City Council and other city leaders cut a ribbon to open the second component of the Terminal 3 Modernization Program – a brand new concourse and remodeled terminal processor.

PHX Terminal 3 South ConcourseThe new South Concourse and terminal processor (a post-security lobby area) features 15 airline gates and all new shops, restaurants and customer amenities. Travelers will have the opportunity to shop at nationally-recognized brands like Johnston and Murphy and Sugarfina as well as find items with a local flair at Best of the Valley and Travel Outfitters. Foodies can also rejoice as Terminal 3 is bringing in many local favorites including famed chef Mark Tarbell’s Tavern, James Beard award winner Christopher Gross’ Christopher’s and other local favorites like The Parlor, SanTan Brewing Company and Mustache Pretzel, among others. See a full list of the shops and restaurants coming to Terminal 3.

Like the first phase of the Terminal 3 Modernization Program (completed in 2016), the South Concourse features remarkable views of Phoenix’s desert landscape and an abundance of natural lighting. The new, modern look aims to provide travelers with a more enjoyable and efficient travel experience. In addition to the views and new shops and restaurants, travelers will also find access to power from nearly every seat, a new state-of-the-art Delta Sky Club, a children’s play area known as PHX Play-Viation Park and other amenities such as a nursing room, an Animal Relief Area, and public art installations. In fact, the public art installations are quite special as they feature a colorful terrazzo floor by Arizona artist Teresa Villegas as well as Donald Lipski’s “Aviators” which are giant sunglasses on the wall of the arrivals atrium.

Terminal 3 serves Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, and Sun Country. The project, which costs $590 million (in 2014 dollar figures), is paid for through airport revenues such as parking, concessions, and tenant fees.  No local tax dollars are used. In addition, the project, which is being completed in phases to minimize impacts to customers, has one additional phase remaining. This includes the renovation of the North Concourse to add all new shops, restaurants and customer amenities. That phase is slated to be complete in 2020.

For more information, please visit

Terminal 3 South Concourse Media Kit.


Terminal 3 Ribbon Cutting

Cutting the ribbon to open the new Terminal 3 post-security lobby and South Concourse are from left to right:  Phoenix Deputy City Manager Deanna Jonovich, Assistant Aviation Director Brad Holmes, Assistant Aviation Sarah Demory, Assistant Aviation Deborah Ostreicher, Phoenix City Councilwoman Felicita Mendoza, Cindy McCain, Phoenix Mayor Thelda Williams, Phoenix Vice Mayor Jim Waring, Phoenix City Councilwoman Debra Stark, Director of Aviation Services James Bennett, City Manager Ed Zuercher, Assistant Aviation Director Charlene Reynolds, and Deputy Aviation Director – Design & Construction Services Kyle Kotchou.


Quotes from Phoenix Mayor and City Council


“The ongoing modernization of Terminal 3 is important to Phoenix’s largest economic driver – Sky Harbor. I am excited Terminal 3 will showcase some of our best local dining and retail options, along with public art installations and new amenities that will improve the travel experience for the millions of passengers who come through Sky Harbor every year.”

Mayor Thelda Williams


“With the innovative modernization of the Terminal 3 concourse, the traveling experience just became even easier and more enjoyable. I am thrilled that we continue to solidify Sky Harbor’s reputation as a first-class airport.”
Councilwoman Felicita Mendoza, District 8

Represents the district where Sky Harbor is located.


“The toughest question airline passengers have to answer at Sky Harbor these days might be which incredible shop or restaurant they want to visit first.”

Councilman Sal DiCiccio, District 6



Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, America’s Friendliest Airport®, has an annual economic impact of more than $38 billion. Every day approximately 1,200 aircraft and more than 120,000 passengers arrive and depart at Sky Harbor. PHX Sky Harbor is funded with Airport revenue. No tax dollars are used to support the Airport.