Sky Harbor’s new lobby features local shopping, art and technology

PHOENIX — A new $310 million concourse opened Monday at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and provides travelers with more than eight additional gates for Southwest Airlines.

The 8th airport concourse at Terminal 4 features an array of artistic elements with terrazzo flooring that depicts aerial views of the Phoenix landscape and wall pieces shaped like airplane windows.

It also gives travelers the opportunity to try some of Arizona’s favorites directly from the airport with an array of local and regional restaurants and shops, such as Pedal Haus Brewery, Eegee’s, Bobby’s Burgers, Changing Hands Bookstore, Made Art Boutique and Melrose Pharmacy.

Shops, restaurants and a lounge will open in the coming months, the airport said.

“Whether it’s the high tech in this hall or the magnificent views, our traveling public is in for a treat,” Mayor Kate Gallego said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony last week.

The technology Gallego is talking about is the new smart lobby windows, which have electrochromic glazing that adjusts the tint to the position of the sun in the sky. Travelers can also see much of the state’s landscape from these windows.

The 275,000-square-foot expansion of Terminal 4 required 50 million pounds of concrete, 2 million pounds of rebar and a half-mile of baggage conveyor systems, Gallego said.

Other amenities in the expansion are charging stations at every seat, an animal relief area, a nursing room, and the ability for those with hearing aids to connect to the PA system.

“Look at that! It’s spectacular,” U.S. Representative Greg Stanton said at the dedication ceremony.

“It’s beautiful. Look at the mountains that passengers from all over the country and the world will be able to enjoy here. You have outdone yourself with this beautiful new hall.

Stanton said the expansion details a concentrated federal effort to develop the airports.

“Sky Harbor alone has received $200 million from the US bailout and bipartisan Infrastructure Act over the past two years,” Stanton said.

The expansion did not use taxpayers’ money and was funded by airport revenues.

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