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Southwest Airlines to expand presence at Phoenix Sky Harbor, occupy new concourse

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PHOENIX — Southwest Airlines announced Wednesday that the airline will soon expand its presence at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and take over another concourse.

In a press release, the airline said it will move into the yet-to-be-built eighth and final concourse inside Terminal 4 by 2021.

“Our customers tell us they love the hospitality they receive at Sky Harbor and we’re looking forward to welcoming them into our new space when the new concourse opens in just a few short years,” Southwest Airlines President Tom Nealon said in a press release.

Southwest — one of the largest carriers at Sky Harbor — will acquire eight additional gates when it moves into the new facility.

“We’ve never wavered in our commitment to serving Phoenix’s travelers,” Nealon said.

It was unclear if the airline will use the new space to increase service or add routes.

In addition to taking over its fourth concourse in the terminal, Southwest will also spend $40 million to double its maintenance facilities at Sky Harbor and add a hangar.

“Southwest Airlines has always been a vital partner for Phoenix, and their continued investment in Sky Harbor and commitment to this market demonstrates how important we are to them,” Mayor Greg Stanton said in the release.

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