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Construction at TUS


The Terminal Optimization Program (TOP), which will go by its campaign name, A Brighter TUS, includes a variety of terminal facility improvements, including relocation and improved capacity at the Security Screening Check Points, enhanced concession and revenue opportunities, the upgrade of critical building systems, and maximizing use of under-utilized space. The completed project will extend the terminal useful life and provide TUS customers with a world class experience.


Project consists of:

  • Relocating and expanding the security checkpoints to either end of the terminal. Checkpoints will be expanded from three to four lanes to improve queuing.
  • Improved concession spaces, including the addition of a pre-security restaurant and combined gift shop in the center gallery.
  • More post-security amenities for passengers, such as improved concessionaire options and a designated area for a business center and children’s play area.
  • The addition of composure areas immediately following security checkpoints for passengers to situate after passing through security
  • Additional natural lighting with more windows overlooking airside
  • Open design for increased visibility of terminal, including center core to either checkpoint and view of the ramp from checkpoints
  • Arizona color palette and natural materials
  • Self-directing wayfinding with colored terrazzo

Phasing: Project is phased to minimize passenger inconvenience

Contractor: Sundt Construction

Architect: DWL Architects + Planners, Inc.

Program Manager/Construction Manager: Hill International

Cost: $28,328,794 project budget

Funding: It is anticipated that Passenger Facility Charges (PFC) will finance the majority of the construction for the overall project. PFCs are a fee imposed by airports on departing passengers that is reserved for terminal improvements. The collection and use of PFCs must be authorized by FAA and limited to eligible projects that relate to public, non-revenue producing areas of the terminal.

TAA funds will be used for any non-eligible costs. No city or state tax will be used to fund this project.

A Brighter TUS

New Concession Concepts

New Concessions Coming to TUS in 2017

New retail and food and beverage offerings emphasizing unique offerings of southern Arizona are coming to Tucson International Airport starting in 2017.

The new food and beverage options will include outlets of well-known Tucson area establishments Beyond Bread, El Charro Café, The Maverick, Noble Hops, Sir Veza’s Taco Garage, Thunder Canyon Brewery and Arbuckle’s Coffee.

The retail concepts are being designed and themed to capture iconic cultural influences of the Tucson region such as a traditional mercado and tienditas (small stores) and historic influences using works of local artisans. In addition to selling the travel necessities and newsstand items, the stores will offer local souvenirs, jewelry and sports gear.

Creative Food Group LLC, is the lead organizing the food and beverage concessions. The local brand outlets will be intermingled with national names including Bruegger’sBagels, BUILT Custom Burgers, Dunkin’ Donuts and Pie Five Pizza.

Hudson Group Retailers LLC is collaborating with Tucson-based Poravion LLC and Cambios y Servicios Inc., Phoenix, on the retail locations. Planned stores are Arroyo Trading Post, including Agustín Kitchen Express, in the Centre Pointe area of the ticketing level as a gathering place for travelers and locals coming to meeting arriving passengers; and Hudson Gates Pass and Hudson Fort Lowell, both of which will offer a variety of reading materials, local gift and souvenir items, and travel necessities. Another store, Ink, will feature all kinds of reading material displayed in a unique setting.

Construction is scheduled to begin in March on the new concessions, with the first outlets due to open in May 2017.  Temporary concessions locations will operate during March and April.

Parking Construction

Construction is underway to finish installing solar canopies over the parking spaces in the Daily parking lot in front of the airport terminal. As a result, about one-third of the spaces in the lot are temporarily out of service.

This is causing Covered Economy Parking and the Parking Garage to be full more often than normal.

Passengers are encouraged to give themselves a little extra time if they’re planning to park long-term at the airport. Also, temporary signage may be posted from time-to-time offering parking alternatives. Whenever possible we will try to post updates on this website.

Rest assured, there are plenty of spaces – more than 5,300 of them – available in the Economy parking lot and the shuttle service operates 24/7. Best of all, the price is just $4 per day.

The good news is the construction in the Daily lot is scheduled to be finished by mid-February. The construction will then move on to the Hourly lot.

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