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

MESA, AZ - 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. 

The Town of Gilbert released the following statement to ABC15 about the expansion: "The Town of Gilbert and Mayor Daniels, as chair of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Board, have been active in the regional transportation hub discussions and in all conversations regarding airport growth. Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport has and will continue to work with Gilbert and the community as they forecast future growth. We are confident that the success of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport will serve as a major economic catalyst for not only Gilbert, but for the entire region."

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