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Mesa Gateway Airport tops 1M passengers

PHOENIX -- More than 1.3 million people flew in and out of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport last year, a 44 percent jump from 2011.

Allegiant Air is getting credit for most of the increase because it flies more routes than Gateway's other two airlines, Frontier and Spirit.

Airport executive director Lynn Kusy said the rapid climb toward 2 million will be accommodated by a series of terminal expansions with the fifth expansion to be completed this fall.

Long-term expansion plans call for a new terminal to be built on the site's eastern border, with links to Ellsworth Road, three Loop 202 interchanges and access from the future State Route Arizona 24, known as the Gateway Freeway.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite food: Steak and shrimp, and any food on campouts.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Favorite news memory: The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. The 2007 Southern California Firestorm and being at Sky Harbor Airport when the first plane lifted off several days after 9-11. Seeing the American flag on the tail of the Salt Lake City-bound Delta airliner as it took off still gives me goosebumps.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges -- which was outstanding --, Lonesome Dove.

First job: Spinning records at KLER Radio Orofino, Idaho 1980.

First concert: KISS/Cheap Trick 1977 Spokane, WA Coliseum.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, The University of Montana Grizzlies and Texas Rangers.

Outside interests: Sports, camping, fishing, traveling.

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