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June/July 2018 airportbusiness 31 EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW enjoyed my previous time at Sky Harbor, where I worked for eight years as assistant aviation director. I developed an affection for Phoenix and Arizona, and I never thought I'd have another opportunity that would have allowed me to come back to Sky Harbor. I loved my time here previously, and now it's like I never left. AB: YOU'R E OVERSEEING MYRIAD PROJECTS AT SKY HARBOR, INCLUDING THE RENOVATION OF TERMINAL 3, AN UPGRADE OF THE INTERNATIONAL FACILITIES, BRINGING ON NEW RETAIL OUTLETS, BUILDING AN EIGHT-GATE CONCOURSE IN TERMINAL 4 AND ADDING AN EXTENSION TO THE SKY TRAIN. WHY ARE THESE PROJECTS NEEDED? JB: Sky Harbor is the 11th-busiest airport in the U.S. and in the top 25 in the world in terms of size. All of our infrastructure is being used to the maximum. We're trying to position the airport so it can accommodate the future air transportation needs of Phoenix and Arizona. When we finish this program, we will have space available on the west side of the airport so that as air travel demand continues to grow, the airport will be in a position to build terminals and continue to grow on our current site. Not all airports have the luxury of large parcels of real estate like Denver International, Dallas Fort Worth and Dulles. Sky Harbor has 3,000 acres of real estate, so we have to be smart about how we use it. We need to be efficient and get ready for the future. AB: HOW WILL THE AIRPORT LOOK AND FUNCTION ONCE THESE PROJECTS ARE COMPLETED? JB: Passengers will see a new ground transportation system in terms of landside access. Sky Harbor has one of the largest fleet of buses, at 108, to shuttle passengers between the airport and the consolidated rental car center. When the Sky Train is completed, they will be able to take the train, which will be easier and offer a higher level of customer service. With the Terminal 3 modernization, the airlines in Terminal 2 will relocate to T3 and T2 will be torn down. Those customers will then have access to a state-of-the-art, common-use terminal for ticket counters and gates. As the airlines grow, they will have 25 gates available, which is exciting. The T3 opening will also give us the opportunity to expand our successful concessions program in T4, bringing more access to local restaurants and retail stores. In T4, we're building our eighth and final concourse, with eight more gates for Southwest Airlines. This will take them from 24 to 32 total gates at Sky Harbor. We think this is a strong signal of Southwest's continued plans for its operation at Sky Harbor and this is exciting for Phoenix. LEKTRO Since 1945 The Original Aircraft Tug Models Ranging 15,000 to 280,000 lbs. Electric • Towbarless • Certified • Universal • Easy to Use • Simple to Maintain • Rugged www.LEKTRO.com 1-800-535-8767 1-503-861-2288 sales@lektro.com www.aviationpros.com/10017652

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