Originally Published By Phoenix Business Journal, June 25, 2018

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, the Valley’s secondary airport, saw the busiest May in its history and its passenger activity has grown for the past eight straight months.

A total of 117,290 people traveled through Gateway in May. That’s an increase of 13 percent compared with the same month in 2017.

“Even as temperatures in the Valley rise as we enter into the summer months, Gateway Airport continues to post record-setting passenger activity numbers,” said Jenn Daniels, Gilbert mayor and chairwoman of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority, in a statement.

The airport is served by two commercial airlines: Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air (NASDAQ: ALGT) and Canada’s WestJet Airlines Ltd. (TSE: WJA).

Because of increased demand for flights at Gateway, Allegiant recently upgraded many aircraft based at the Mesa airport from the Airbus 319 to the larger Airbus 320.

“Allegiant’s decision to upgrade its aircraft serving Gateway Airport to the larger Airbus 320 is a sizable increase in investment in the Greater Phoenix region,” said J. Brian O’Neill, airport executive director and CEO, in a statement. “We appreciate Allegiant’s commitment to this market and are confident that our local air travelers and sun-seeking visitors will fill the additional seats.”