Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Thursday announced 16 new shops planned for Terminal 4, the airport’s busiest with 77 percent of its 42 million passengers annually.
A renovation of the terminal began last month, and the airport is constructing an eight-gate concourse for Southwest Airlines. The new stores will open this spring and are part of the first phase of the renovation.
When the work is completed in 2007, 40 new shops will be in the terminal, more than doubling the number there now. New stores will include Arizona Highways, a CNBC Newsstand, leather goods dealer Brighton Collectibles, Az Kids — described as featuring “merchandise for kids and their traveling adults” — and Desert Breeze, a resort-style clothing store that offers duds
designed by Tommy Bahama.
InMotion Pictures will make its debut in the Valley. Starting at $12 a day, the company will rent airline passengers a portable DVD player, a movie and a headset.
“The idea is you can rent it at Phoenix Sky Harbor and drop it off at one of our 27 other locations,” said Chris Shepherd, InMotion director of airport business development.
The company began in 1999 and has shops in 22 other major airports. For the traveling techie, it offers portable electronics including digital cameras, music CDs, headphones and power adapters for laptop computers.
“Anything that’s portable, we try to carry it,” Shepherd said.
The new shops are expected to create $20 million in revenue annually, said David Cavazos, acting Phoenix aviation director.
The airport is experiencing record passenger growth. So far this year, passenger numbers are up 4.4 percent from 2003. The passenger count on British Airways, which flies nonstop from the Valley to London, is up 18 percent over last year, Cavazos said.
Sky Harbor generates $220 million in revenue, giving it a $26.3 billion economic impact on the Valley, or $72 million a day, officials estimate.
Terminal 4, which has 77 gates and seven concourses, is the largest terminal at the airport. It is home to five airlines, including Southwest and Tempe-based America West Airlines. The new concourse is being added to the southwest side of the terminal. The project, which will include a new security checkpoint and the remodeling and expansion of another, will be finished next spring. The $63 million concourse is 30 to 40 feet wider than other Terminal 4 concourses and 30 feet longer.
The extra width will help with the long Southwest passenger lines that tend to snake out to common areas of the terminal, Cavazos said.
The concourse will feature natural lighting and large windows that offer good views of the airfield and South Mountain. Moving walkways will connect passengers with existing Southwest gates. Starbucks, CNBC News and two other businesses will go into the new concourse. The Phoenix offers souvenirs and gifts and AZ Grillin’ will sell Southwest-styled food items.
Other shops headed for Terminal 4 are Canyon News, In Celebration of Golf and PHXpress. Brighton, Pass the Popcorn and See’s Candies will have two locations each.