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Air cargo hub to open at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport; 17,000 new jobs expected

Posted: 12:39 PM, Jan 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-01-05 19:23:50-05

Seventeen thousand new jobs are expected to arrive in Arizona. 

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced on Friday afternoon that SkyBridge Arizona will set up a brand-new facility at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. 

The facility will be America’s first international air cargo process hub. It will house Mexican and United States customs. 

According to Ducey, thousands of new flights will arrive at the East Valley airport. There will also be $230 million in capital investment. 

According to SkyBridge Arizona, the 15-year build-out plan includes improvements to infrastructure around the airport. 

Developers estimate Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport will see an increate of an additional 2,000 cargo flights per year, which climbs to 10,000 flights by 2036.

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport had 10,373 cargo flights land in 2016. 2017 numbers are still being finalized. 

ABC15 has reached out to Mesa and Gilbert to see how the addition of thousands of new flights will impact residents.

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