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Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport
Airport information
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorPhoenix Mesa Gateway Airport Authority
ServesPhoenix metropolitan area
LocationMesa, Arizona
Elevation421 m (1382 ft)
Aircraft operations230411
Based aircraft82

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Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport , formerly Williams Gateway Airport (1994 2008) and Williams Air Force Base (1941 1993), is a commercial airport located in the southeastern area of the city of Mesa, Arizona, and 20 mi (32.2 km) southeast of Phoenix, in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. The airport is owned and operated by the Williams Gateway Airport Authority. It serves as a focus city for Allegiant Air. The airport authority is governed by a five member board, composed of the mayors and tribal governor of the town of Gilbert, city of Mesa, town of Queen Creek, Gila River Indian Community and the city of Phoenix.

According to the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2007 2011, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway was designated as a reliever airport, which is a general aviation airport that may be used to relieve congestion at a large commercial service airport. Allegiant Air began offering scheduled commercial service from this airport in October 2007. As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 289,770 passenger boardings (or enplanements) in the calendar year 2009, a 52.29% increase over the previous year.

Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is assigned IWA by the FAA and AZA by the IATA (which assigned IWA to Yuzhny Airport in Ivanovo, Russia). The airport's former IATA code was CHD.

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