PHOENIX — Southwest Airlines plans to boost its already strong presence in Phoenix with a major expansion at Sky Harbor International Airport in the next five years.
No, the carrier isn’t building a jazzy international concourse like it has in Houston and is opening in Fort Lauderdale. Nor will it add glamorous new destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America.
But new Phoenix flights are definitely on the agenda: Southwest is adding eight gates to the 24 it already occupies in Terminal 4. The airline, the No. 2 carrier at Sky Harbor behind American with more than 170 daily non-stop flights to 50 cities, averages 10 flights per day from each gate.
The Dallas carrier has committed to be the tenant of a new eight-gate concourse due to open in 2021, Southwest President Tom Nealon said Wednesday. The gates will be near Southwest’s D gates, which debuted in 2005.