The airport in Mesa is bringing more than a billion dollars to the local economy, according to a study by Arizona State University.
The W.P. Carey School of Business did the study that found $767 million was generated by fliers at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and during their stay in Arizona in the 2013 fiscal year. When added with the successive rounds of re-spending that money, the total came to $1.3 billion.
"Visitor spending from travelers arriving at Gateway Airport is up by more than 433 percent from just three years ago. These air visitors alone spent $394 million last year, and that created more than 4,000 jobs," city of Mesa Mayor and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Director Scott Smith said.
The airport in south Mesa has been operating for nearly six years and hit its 5-millionth air traveler mark this summer.
Gateway offers flights from Spirit and Allegiant airlines.
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