The new terminal will replace the existing terminal and be designed to support major airlines flying in from other major hubs in the country. The goal is to complete the terminal within the next three to five years.
With the addition of the replacement terminal, the Grand Canyon Airport can become a destination point for major airlines to offer flights to their customers so they can come see the Grand Canyon.
"This new terminal will help improve access to the airport from various airlines which will bring us closer to our goal of making it easier for people to come see the Grand Canyon," said Mike Halpin, Grand Canyon Airport manager.
ADOT is currently in the environmental assessment (EA) stage for the new terminal. According to information provided by ADOT, the EA should be complete in 2013. The terminal will be funded with grant money from the Federal Aviation Administration and state funds.
The airport is also looking to use public-private partnerships to fund non-aviation commercial development such as restaurants and gift shops. All of this potential development will be developed on land already owned by the airport.
Last year, the Grand Canyon Airport began receiving daily 737 service from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. Security agents from the Transportation Security Administration are permanently assigned at the facility.
The Grand Canyon Airport is currently the third busiest airport in the state behind Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Tucson International Airport averaging 275 take-offs and landings per day.
The Grand Canyon National Park Airport serves the number one tourist site in the State of Arizona and is the only state owned airport in the state. It is part of the Arizona Department of Transportation. The airport is located in Tusayan, seven miles from the South Rim and two miles from the Park Entrance.
The airport was built on the site of the first Grand Canyon Airport built in 1925. The current airport opened in October 1965 and the airport terminal was completed and dedicated on October 20, 1967.
Grand Canyon National Park Airport completed the new Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Facility (ARFF) Maintenance Building in 2010 and held the Grand Opening of that building on June 16, 2010. This new building has received a Sustainable Building Award from the Coconino County Sustainable Building Program designed by LEA Architects, LLC - Advanced Level Plus.