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Construction at TUS

A Brighter TUS is an umbrella name that encompasses multiple construction projects taking place in 2017 and 2018 at Tucson International Airport. They include the Terminal Optimization Project (TOP); new food, beverage and retail concessions; and installation of solar canopies over the parking lots in front of the commercial airline terminal.

Construction Updates for Passengers

  • November 28, 2018 – Food and Beverage: Dunkin’ Donuts is open next to Gates A1/A2 for passengers departing on Allegiant, Frontier, Southwest, Sun Country, United and Via…. more
  • July 11, 2018 – Food and Beverage: The Maverick, Tucson’s long-time country nightclub, opens a location in the airport at gate A4 (for passengers departing on Southwest, United and Via Air) and an airport outlet of Thunder Canyon Brewstillery opens adjacent to gates B8-B11 (for passengers departing on American, Alaska and Delta). … more
  • March 18, 2018 – Food and Beverage: El Charro Café, Bruegger’s Bagels, Beyond Bread and BUILT Custom Burgers are open near the B gates for passengers departing on Alaska, American and Delta airlines. …more 
  • March 14, 2018 – New Amenity: Lactation suites, part of the Mamava network, are open on both concourses providing privacy for nursing mothers while breastfeeding or pumping. …more
  • January 2, 2018 – Food and Beverage: Empire Pizza, downtown Tucson’s authentic New York-style pizza maker, is now at the airport next to Beyond Bread and Sir Veza’s Kitchen and Kantina near the A gates. …more
  • December 6, 2017 – Food and Beverage: Arbuckles’ Coffee is open in Baggage Claim, lower level, near the Arrivals Lounge for Concourse A. …more
  • November 4, 2017 – Food and Beverage: Sir Veza’s Kitchen and Kantina and Beyond Bread open for Southwest and United passengers using the A gates. …more
  • October 19, 2017 – Parking: Installation of solar canopies over parking spaces in Hourly lot is completed. All spaces in all parking lots now available for use. …more
  • October 17, 2017 – Food and Beverage: Sit-down restaurants temporarily closed post-security on both concourses. Mixta Express Pop Up Kitchen, a kiosk featuring freshly prepared items, is open for passengers using the B gates (Alaska, American and Delta). “Grab-and-go” food items are available for passengers using both the A and B gates. Freshly prepared food items are also available at Noble Hops in Center Court area, pre-security. …more
  • September 20, 2017 – TSA Security: New Security Checkpoint for A gates is opened. Southwest, Sun Country and United airlines passengers enter new checkpoint at east end of terminal. …more
  • September 16, 2017 – Food and Beverage: Noble Hops is open on the ticketing level Center Point, pre-security, featuring craft brews and select menu items from its Oro Valley location. …more
  • September 7, 2017 – Retail: Arroyo Trading Post retail shop is open in the terminal Center Point, pre-security, featuring packaged food items from Tucson’s Agustín Kitchen. …more
  • June 9, 2017 – Retail: Gates Pass by Hudson retail shop is open for Southwest and United passengers using A gates. … more
  • June 8, 2017 – Retail: Fort Lowell by Hudson retail shop is open for Alaska, American and Delta passengers using B gates. …more
  • June 3, 2017 – Retail: Ink, the first of the new retail concessions, is open near the B gates. …more 
  • April 18, 2017 – TSA Security: New Security Checkpoint is open for B gates. Alaska, American and Delta passengers enter new checkpoint at west end of terminal. …more 
  • April 10, 2017 – Parking: Construction begins on installation of solar canopies in Hourly lot. Some spaces are unavailable. If lot is full, alternate short-term parking is available in Daily lot or Garage. …more
  • April 1, 2017 – Parking: Installation of solar canopies completed in Daily lot. All spaces available for parking. …more


Terminal Optimization Project

The Terminal Optimization Project (TOP) includes relocation and improved capacity for the the TSA Security Screening Checkpoints, expanded space for post-security passenger amenities, upgrades to critical building infrastructure and systems, and maximizing use of under-utilized space. The completed project extends the useful life of the terminal and provides TUS customers with a world class experience.


Project consists of:

  • Relocating and expanding the security checkpoints to either end of the terminal. Room for the checkpoints will be expanded to allow for four lanes to improve efficiency of the screening process.
  • Improving concession spaces, including the addition of a pre-security restaurant and gift shop in the center gallery.
  • Adding post-security amenities for passengers, including concessionaire options and a designated area for a business center and children’s play area.
  • Adding a “composure area” for passengers after they’ve cleared the security checkpoint.
  • Allowing for additional natural lighting, including windows overlooking the airside
  • A design that allows for increased visibility of the terminal, including a view from the center core to either checkpoint.
  • Use of Arizona color palette and natural materials.
  • Self-directing wayfinding with colored terrazzo flooring.

Phasing: Project is being 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

Retail and food and beverage concessionaires are spending another $7.2 million to renovate and construct outlets emphasizing unique offerings of Tucson and southern Arizona.

New food and beverage options feature well-known Tucson area establishments including Beyond Bread, El Charro Café, The Maverick, Noble Hops, Sir Veza’s Kitchen and Kantina, Thunder Canyon Brewery, Arbuckles’ coffee and downtown’s Empire Pizza.

Retail concepts are 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 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 are being intermingled with national names including Bruegger’s Bagels, BUILT Custom Burgers and Dunkin’ Donuts.

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

Parking Construction

Construction has been completed on installation of solar canopies over the parking spaces in the Hourly and Daily lots directly in front of the airport terminal.

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