The terminal building at Falcon Field Airport was formally reopened December 12, 2015 after a 10-month renovation that upgraded and expanded facilities for pilots, passengers and the public.
The terminal building is open 24-hours, seven days per week from the airside for based and itinerant pilots and passengers. Tenants can access the terminal from the landside front door using their airport gate access badge.
The interior usable area increased from 3,560 to 5,600 square feet by encompassing the existing building footprint. Interior improvements include:
- Upgraded lobby & public waiting areas
- Charging stations for electronic devices
- Snack machines
- Water fountains with accommodationsfor water bottles
- Pilot briefing/flight planning room
- Conference room meeting space for the aviation community. Call 480-644-2450 to reserve the conference room.
The exterior was modernized and features LED-lit lighted blue fiberglass spires inspired by aeronautic forms and runway lighting. The glowing arches make the building a striking landmark at night.
- Shaded aircraft viewing area is open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
- Desert landscaping
- Free binoculars
- Wall mural pays homage to the airport’s historic past as a World War II training base for British Royal Air Force and U.S. Army Air Corps pilots.
- A sidewalk painted like a runway invites young future pilots to try out the free gliders they can request from the airport staff inside the terminal.
- Free public parking in front of the terminal
These unique features make the Falcon Field terminal an ideal spot for Mesa residents to bring morning coffee or a picnic and enjoy aircraft as well as the surrounding scenic Superstition Mountains.
DWL Architects + Planners, Inc. designed the terminal improvements, and Builders Guild, Inc., a Mesa firm, was the general contractor for construction. The $2 million project was funded by the airport, which is a City of Mesa enterprise. Falcon Field is financially self-supporting through user fees and does not receive City General Fund revenues to operate.