The newly renovated Terminal 3 South Concourse was unveiled at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport travelers on Monday.
The Terminal 3 modernization project is two-thirds complete after the opening of the new 15-gate South Concourse and the remodeled east side of the lobby.
Newly added features include: panoramic windows, electrical outlets at each seat, local-favorite restaurants such as The Parlor Pizzeria and Mark Tarbell’s The Tavern, works by local artist Teresa Villegas and an art installation of aviator sunglasses by Donald Lipski.
The renovations brings more than a dozen different dining and shopping options. Some of the new restaurants include Shake Shack, The Tavern, Christopher’s, Mustache Pretzels, SanTan Brewing Company, Panera Bread Starbucks and Giant Coffee. The new retailers include Sol Shades, Tech on the Go, L’Occitane, Best of the Valley, and Ideigenous/Mosaic.
A newly renovated Delta Airlines Sky Club will be included in the concourse, which will offer complimentary seasonal cocktails and wines selected by Delta Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson. Another benefit will be signature food items such as the Sky Bowl, which guests can assemble to their liking from grains, vegetables and proteins.
The South Concourse consists of 15 gates that house five airlines: Delta Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Frontier Airlines and Sun Country Airlines.
The terminal is named after the late U.S. Sen. John McCain and now has a new children’s play area, a nursing room and an animal relief room.
As a tribute to McCain’s dedication to aviation and his service as a former Navy pilot, travelers can enjoy a 2,000-pound stainless steel sculpture called “The Aviators.”
“The aviators are the best, John would have loved that,” Cindy McCain said during Monday’s ribbon cutting.
“It’s very bittersweet, I wish he were here. He would have loved this more than anything.”
The final Terminal 3 Modernization Program is expected to be completed in 2020, with an approximate cost of $590 million.