January 28, 2020
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has undergone a $590 million transformation to modernize Terminal 3. The final piece of the effort - the debut of the North Concourse - will be complete in February. 

The terminal, which first opened in 1979, is now called the John S. McCain III Terminal 3, in honor of the late U.S. Senator. The vote to name the terminal after McCain passed in 2017. 

Terminal 3 will serve Air Canada, Alaska, Boutique Air, Contour Airlines, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Spirit, Sun Country and United. The North Concourse will welcome its first flights on Feb. 3 and the first outbound flights will go out on Feb. 4. The South Concourse, which has 15 gates, opened in Jan. 2019.

The North Concourse, home to 10 airline gates, offers gorgeous views of Phoenix's desert landscape and Camelback Mountain. It also contains new shops, restaurants and customer amenities like an animal welfare area, a family restroom and a nursing room. Two convenient perks for travelers include access to power from every seat and hearing loop connectivity in the gate areas. 

There are other, ongoing projects at Phoenix Sky Harbor as well. Terminal 4, an eight-gate concourse, is slated to open in 2022. And a 2.5-mile extension of the PHX Sky Train, from the terminals to the Rental Car Center, is currently underway. 

The airport, which has served roughly 45 million passengers annually, set a new record in 2019 when 46.3 million travelers passed through the airport. 

"The record-breaking number of passengers Sky Harbor saw in 2019 highlights the importance of investing in our airport," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. "Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the number-one economic engine in the state, yet it receives no tax dollars and operates solely with the revenue generated by businesses operating there. We must continue to deliver not only world-class customer service, but ensure upgraded facilities to travelers and those who want to do business with our airport."