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September 9, 2021

Temporary Detour at Tucson International Airport for Road Improvements

Travelers and other visitors to the Tucson International Airport (TUS) should give themselves a little extra time ahead of their next trip through the terminal starting Monday, September 13, 2021. A road improvement project will temporarily restrict or limit areas around…

August 22, 2021

Partnership Provides COVID-19 Vaccines at Tucson International Airport

Tucson International Airport (TUS), known for its friendly customer service and convenient travel experience, will soon offer a new kind of convenience to passengers on their way through the terminal. COVID-19 vaccines will be provided at TUS on specific dates…

June 25, 2021

TAA President and CEO Testifies Before Senate Subcommittee

Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) President and CEO Danette Bewley joined fellow leaders in the aviation and air travel industry to advocate for modernizing aviation infrastructure in the 21st century. The collective testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations,…

June 23, 2021

Frontier Airlines Adds Las Vegas Route to Tucson International Airport

Travelers through Tucson International Airport (TUS) now have increased odds of finding a convenient, affordable flight to and from McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas. Frontier Airlines announced Tuesday that the airline would be adding LAS nonstop service to five…

May 27, 2021

Barrio Brewing Co. Lands at Tucson International Airport

Travelers ready to fly again will notice a change to the pre-security restaurant available at Tucson International Airport (TUS). The Tucson Airport Authority celebrates the partnership between two Southern Arizona institutions – TUS and Barrio Brewing Company. Hailed as Arizona’s…

May 13, 2021

Bruce Goetz Promoted to TAA Executive VP/Chief Operating Officer

Bruce Goetz, A.A.E., I.A.P. has been promoted to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Tucson Airport Authority (TAA). “As the TAA focuses on functional realignment to deliver the Strategic Plan, it is important to…

May 4, 2021

Tucson Airport Authority Hires Anthony Casella as Chief Technology Officer

Anthony Casella has joined the Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) as Chief Technology Officer. He brings decades of leadership experience and Information Technology knowledge to a diverse, dedicated team of professionals. Casella already understands the needs of both private and public…

February 16, 2021

Tucson Airport Authority Police Department Adds EOD Robots to the Force

The Tucson Airport Authority Police Department (TAAPD) has acquired two Explosive Ordnance Disposal robots through the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), which connects civilian law enforcement operations across the nation with their counterparts in the United States Armed Forces. Police Chief…

January 25, 2021

Bruce Dusenberry Named Chair of Tucson Airport Authority Board 

Business and community leader Bruce Dusenberry was elected on Monday (January 25) to serve as 2021 Chair of the Tucson Airport Authority Board of Directors. The election was part of the board’s first meeting following the annual meeting of all…

January 25, 2021

COVID-19 Impacts Send Tucson Airport Passenger Numbers Down 55%

Less Than 2 Million Travelers for the First Time in 38 Years Airline passenger traffic at Tucson International Airport (TUS) dropped by more than half in 2020 to less than 1.7 million travelers as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic…

December 14, 2020

John Voorhees Joins TAA as VP, Chief Commercial Officer

The Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) has announced that John “Dutch” Voorhees has joined the Tucson Airport Authority as Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. As VP/CCO, Voorhees will be responsible for driving and maximizing all aeronautical and non-aeronautical business development…

October 6, 2020

Toe Tap Buttons Reduce Touchpoints at TUS

The Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) continues to make your next trip through the Tucson International Airport (TUS) a “touchless journey”. The latest effort will ensure anyone in the terminal can call, and ride, the elevator hands-free. TAA leadership has invested…

October 5, 2020

TUS is 5th Airport in the World to be GBAC STAR™-accredited

The Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) is proud to announce its latest accomplishment to highlight the organization’s commitment to a clean, safe and healthy environment for everyone who works in and travels through Tucson International Airport (TUS). TUS is one of…

August 31, 2020

TAA Board Adopts Three-Year Strategic Plan

TAA Board Adopts Strategic Plan Defining Path for Airports to Help Region’s Economy Thrive What happens when an organization is in the midst of developing a long-range strategic plan and suddenly COVID-19 enters the picture? For the Tucson Airport Authority…

June 30, 2020

TUS Prepares For July 4th Holiday Travelers 

Travelers planning to fly away from the desert heat over the July 4th weekend will find a changed travel experience at Tucson International Airport (TUS) as a result of COVID-19 health safety measures, combined with what are anticipated to be…

June 3, 2020

Tucson International Airport to Require Face Coverings

New COVID-19 requirement will go into effect Saturday A requirement for passengers, employees and visitors to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth while at Tucson International Airport (TUS) will go into effect Saturday, June 6. The order by…

January 27, 2020

TAA Board Elects Taunya Villicana Chair

Led by Chair Taunya Villicana, new officers took their seats Monday (January 27) on the Board of Directors of the Tucson Airport Authority, which is responsible for operating Tucson International Airport (TUS) and Ryan Airfield (RYN). The Board’s first meeting…

January 27, 2020

Debi Chess, Calline Sanchez Elected Newest Members of the TAA

Debi Chess, of the University of Arizona, and Calline Sanchez, of IBM, were elected at the Tucson Airport Authority’s Annual Meeting Monday (January 27) as new members of the authority, which is responsible for operating Tucson International Airport (TUS) and…

January 27, 2020

2019 TUS Passenger Numbers Grow To Make it Airport’s 5th Biggest Year

Airline passenger numbers at Tucson International Airport (TUS) grew by 5% in 2019 to almost 3.8 million – the fifth busiest year in the airport’s history, according to statistics released at the Tucson Airport Authority’s annual meeting Monday (January 27).…

January 17, 2020

TUS Military Lounge Officially Re-Opened

TAA Hosts Ribbon Cutting to Commemorate Renovated Military Lounge The Tucson Airport Authority hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Tucson International Airport (TUS) on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 to celebrate the newly renovated Military Lounge. Thanks to a local…

January 14, 2020

Bruce Goetz Joins TAA As VP of Operations/COO

Bruce Goetz, A.A.E., I.A.P. has been hired as the Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer for the Tucson Airport Authority (TAA). He begins his new role with the TAA on January 13, 2020. “Bruce has an impressive background…

December 30, 2019

Danette Bewley Named New CEO of TAA

Danette Bewley is the new President and CEO of the Tucson Airport Authority (TAA). She had been serving in the position temporarily since July. “Danette has a strong background as an airport executive and we’re fortunate that she was already…

November 14, 2019

Allegiant Launches New Nonstop Flights to Indianapolis

Round-trip Fares as Low as $52 Each Way* TUCSON, Ariz. Nov. 14, 2019 — Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) starts service today from Indianapolis to Tucson International Airport (TUS). To celebrate, the company is offering round-trip fares on the new route as…

August 23, 2019

All Sides Sign Letter of Intent for New Air Guard Gate at TUS

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 23, 2019 Jessie Butler Director of Communications and External Relations jbutler@flytucson.com 520.573.4835 (office) 623.399.7240 (cell) All Sides Sign Letter of Intent for New Air Guard Gate at TUS The National Guard Bureau, the City…

August 13, 2019

Allegiant Adds Indianapolis As Tucson’s Newest Nonstop Destination

  Allegiant Air today (August 13) is announcing it will introduce nonstop flights between Tucson International Airport (TUS) and Indianapolis International Airport (IND) on Thursdays and Sundays, starting November 14, with an introductory fare as low as $59*. (Click here…

April 24, 2019

2019 Starts Off as TUS’ 5th Busiest Year in History

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 24, 2019 Jessie Butler Public Information Manager jbutler@flytucson.com 520.573.4835 (office) 623.399.7240 (cell) 2019 Starts Off as TUS’ 5th Busiest Year in History More than one million airline passengers were served through Tucson International Airport (TUS) in the…

January 28, 2019

Visit Tucson Honored With Inaugural Award from Tucson Airport Authority

  Airport Employees Receive Two Other Awards Visit Tucson was honored Monday (January 28) by the Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) Board of Directors with the inaugural Building Bridges Partnership Award in recognition of its sustained partnership, collaboration, information sharing and…

January 7, 2019

Ribbon-Cutting Officially Opens New C Gates at TUS

Cutting the ribbon to open the new C Gate facility at Tucson International Airport are, from left, Brent DeRaad, President/CEO of Visit Tucson; Bruce Dusenberry, Secretary of the Tucson Airport Authority Board of Directors; Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild; Bonnie Allin,…

December 5, 2018

TAA Receives Formal Approval For Major Airfield Safety Enhancements

David Hatfield Senior Director of Business Development and Marketing dhatfield@flytucson.com 520.573.4840   For Immediate Release: December 5, 2018         After eight years of preparation, a major project to enhance airfield safety at Tucson International Airport (TUS) has been given formal approval…

November 21, 2018

Holiday Music to Grab Your Bags By at TUS

  Adding to the sounds of the season, Southern Arizona musicians will welcome passengers with performances in the arrivals lounges in Baggage Claim at Tucson International Airport. The schedule of planned performances (click on name for contact info if available):…

November 7, 2018

Passengers Fill Frontier Airlines Flights for Return to Tucson

  Passengers filled nearly every seat – both coming and going – for Frontier Airlines’ return to Tucson International Airport Wednesday (November 7, 2018). The airport celebrated with a traditional water arch welcome and treats for passengers on both the…

November 7, 2018

TAA Finance Department Earns Excellence Award

Members of the TAA Finance Department at the Board of Directors meeting are, from left, Vice President of Administration/Chief Finance Officer Richard Gruentzel, Manager of Financial Accounting & Reporting Ray Noriega, Accounts Payable Specialist Jackie Stanich, Accounts Receivable Specialist Medardo…

August 21, 2018

Allegiant Puts Tucson on its Route Map

  Allegiant today (August 21, 2018) announced it will start serving Tucson International Airport (TUS) in mid-November with nonstop flights to Bellingham, Washington, just across the border from Vancouver, and to Provo, Utah. To celebrate the new service, Allegiant is…

August 7, 2018

Frontier Airlines Brings New Nonstop Flights Between Tucson and Denver

Special Introductory Fare of $29 One Way Low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines is bringing its “Low Fares Done Right” service to Tucson International Airport starting November 7 when it introduces service to/from its hometown Denver. As part of the announcement Tuesday…

April 18, 2018

Arizonans Should Consider Getting Travel ID Before 2020

Arizonans who use their driver’s license or ID card to go through TSA security at U.S. airports and other restricted, federally-controlled facilities should take action to get an Arizona Voluntary Travel ID through the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle…

March 14, 2018

TUS Installs Mamava Lactation Suites to Support Breastfeeding Moms

  Nursing mothers traveling through Tucson International Airport now have access to Mamava lactation suites providing privacy while breastfeeding or pumping. The suites, part of the Mamava network, debuted Wednesday on each of the concourses of the airport terminal. Each…

February 16, 2018

American Airlines Launches Tucson-Charlotte Flights

American Airlines launched daily nonstop flights between Tucson International Airport (TUS) to Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), opening up new one-stop connections to more than 70 destinations in the east, southeast and the Caribbean. “From Tucson, the new nonstop flight arrives…

January 23, 2018

Lisa Lovallo Elected Tucson Airport Authority Board Chair

Judy Rich, Keri Silvyn Join as New Directors Lisa Lovallo was elected Chair of the Tucson Airport Authority Board of Directors for 2018 at its meeting today. Lovallo is Vice President and Market Manager of Cox Southern Arizona, a position…

January 22, 2018

TUS Serves More Than 3.4 Million Passengers in 2017

More than 3.4 million passengers flew in and out of Tucson International Airport (TUS) in 2017, a 4.5% increase over 2016. The Tucson Airport Authority announced the numbers at its Annual Meeting on Monday, January 22. December’s total of 299,752,…

December 14, 2017

Be Prepared This Holiday Season for What’s New at TUS

If you’re among the more than 13,000 passengers we expect to travel through Tucson International Airport on a typical day during the end-of-the-year holidays we have a few travel tips that might help smooth your travels. First, on the day…

December 7, 2017

TAA Celebrates Completion of TUS Solar Project

The Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) celebrated the completion of the Tucson International Airport (TUS) Solar Project on December 6 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The $14.3 million project is expected to generate an additional 411,800 kilowatt hours (kWh) monthly at…

November 27, 2017

American Airlines + Tucson Celebrate 90 Years Together

On time, at precisely 5 p.m. November 28, 1927, a six-passenger Fokker Universal arrived at Tucson Municipal Airport. Commercial airline service had arrived in Tucson. Standard Airlines was the name painted on the side of the plane. A little more…

November 20, 2017

American Airlines To Open New Connections With Nonstop Tucson-Charlotte Flights

Southern Arizonans will gain an important new air service connection starting February 15/16 when American Airlines introduces nonstop flights between Tucson International Airport (TUS) and Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). The new daily service is an overnight flight from Tucson…

November 17, 2017

Tucson International Airport Runway Construction Reaches a Milestone

Contractors have wrapped up repaving the 10,996-foot main commercial runway at Tucson International Airport this weekend so aircraft are once again be able to use the full length of the runway. Since early October, construction contractors have been working in…

October 24, 2017

TSA Implements New Screening Requirement for Carry-On Electronics

New security screening procedures for carry-on battery-powered electronics are now being used at Tucson International Airport. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) held a news conference at the airport to announce that TUS is the latest airport get the new procedures,…

October 18, 2017

Community Project Reduces Buffelgrass by 94% on TAA Land​

In a cooperative effort to control the spread of Buffelgrass, a highly flammable invasive grass species, a coalition of agencies came together to pursue federal funding through a Federal Emergency Management Agency Pre-Disaster Mitigation grant. Two sites were identified under…

October 11, 2017

Major Taxiway Rehab Project Included in TAA 2018 Budget

Extending one taxiway and rehabilitating another are among $11.5 million worth of airfield improvements at Tucson International Airport included in a $39.2 million operating and capital budget approved by the Tucson Airport Authority Board of Directors for fiscal year 2018.…

September 20, 2017

New Security Checkpoints Now Open

The second of two TSA security checkpoints at Tucson International Airport (TUS) opened Wednesday (September 20), completing another significant portion of the airport’s ‘A Brighter TUS’ terminal renovation. The A Concourse checkpoint is for passengers departing on Southwest and United…

August 29, 2017

Alaska Airlines Launches Nonstop Flights from TUS to San Jose

Alaska Airlines today launched daily nonstop flights from Tucson International Airport (TUS) to Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), giving southern Arizonans a new alternative when they travel to the San Francisco Bay Area. The first flight departed Tucson at 7…

June 22, 2017

Mike Smejkal Named TAA Planning VP

Mike Smejkal has been promoted to Vice President of Planning and Engineering for the Tucson Airport Authority (TAA). The new position is part of a TAA reorganization that returns Planning and Engineering to a separate division as it was until 2013.…

June 22, 2017

Edwards Appointed Chief Technology Officer for TAA

Adele Edwards has been named Chief Technology Officer for the Tucson Airport Authority where she will lead planning, design and development of technology performance for the organization and its airports, Tucson International Airport and Ryan Airfield. Edwards has more than…

May 10, 2017

Sun Country Airlines to Return to Tucson International Airport

Sun Country Airlines is returning to Tucson International Airport this winter giving southern Arizonans another opportunity to fly to the Twin Cities, but more importantly for Tucson’s tourism industry it will give Midwesterners more chances to escape the cold and…

April 6, 2017

TAA Board Approves Restaurant Lease for Ryan Airfield

The Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) Board of Directors approved a five-year lease for a new restaurant at Ryan Airfield (RYN) at its Wednesday, April 5 board meeting. With a signed lease, the restaurant would be leased to Richard Flory. This…

March 9, 2017

Alaska Airlines to Fly Nonstop to San Jose and Silicon Valley

Southern Arizonans will gain nonstop access to another Bay Area airport in August when Alaska Airlines introduces daily nonstop service between Tucson International Airport (TUS) and Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC). Thursday’s announcement was part of the single largest…

Interactive Map on Phone
February 6, 2017

TAA Launches New Website

With the traveler in mind, the Tucson Airport Authority launched a newly designed website, www.flytucson.com. The mobile responsive FlyTucson.com features three websites within one, one for each entity: Tucson Airport Authority, Tucson International Airport (TUS) and Ryan Airfield (RYN). The…

January 23, 2017

Tony Finley Re-Elected Chairman of TAA Board

Members of the Tucson Airport Authority voted at their annual meeting Monday to elect Tony Finley to serve a second year as its Chairman of the Board of Directors. Finley, Chief Financial Officer of Long Companies and Long Realty, has…

January 23, 2017

TAA Board OKs New Airport Parking Rates

The Tucson Airport Authority has spent $3.6 million on capital improvements to the airport, including to the parking facilities. To meet rising operating costs, and to continue work on improving Tucson International Airport, the TAA Board of Directors on Monday…

FlyTucson
January 23, 2017

2016 Tucson Airport Passenger Growth Was Most Since 2007

Airline passengers using Tucson International Airport grew by 3.4% to almost 3.3 million in 2016. It was the largest increase at the airport since 2007. The October launches of new nonstop flights to New York on American Airlines and into…

Hermosillo, Mexico
August 31, 2016

Commercial Airline Flights from TUS to Mexico to Return

Regular international commercial airline service is scheduled to return to Tucson International Airport October 3 when Aeromar launches service to Hermosillo, Los Mochis, Mazatlán and Guadalajara in Mexico. Andrés Fabre, Aeromar Director General and CEO, was in Tucson today for…

June 27, 2016

American and United Airlines Officially ‘Moving’ at TUS

With the ‘A Brighter TUS’ terminal renovation project in full swing, passengers will experience a new change as American and United airlines will not only move check-in counters but their flights will change concourses. American Airlines’ check-in counters will move…

June 16, 2016

Tucson Airport Authority, Uber agree to contract for service

In as many days, the Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) has added yet another transportation option for passengers traveling from the Tucson International Airport (TUS). With an agreement reached, Uber will now be allowed to pick-up arriving passengers through the company’s…

June 6, 2016

Tucson Airport Authority Breaks Down First Wall For ‘A Brighter TUS’

Construction for ‘A Brighter TUS’ has officially commenced as Tucson Airport Authority President and CEO Bonnie Allin took a sledgehammer to one of the walls being torn down inside Tucson International Airport (TUS). The $28.3 million dollar improvement project was…

May 9, 2016

American and United Airlines Will Be ‘Moving’ at TUS

Passengers on American and United airlines in June will experience some of the first changes of the “A Brighter TUS” terminal renovation project. American Airlines’ check-in counters will move from the east end of the terminal to the west end…

May 4, 2016

TAA Fire Department Adds First Aid Kits to #StopTheBleed

In a nationwide campaign by the Department of Homeland Security to raise awareness about preventing death from blood loss in emergency situations, the Tucson Airport Authority Fire Department has recently installed four first aid kits to its jurisdiction to “Stop…

April 6, 2016

A Brighter TUS… Arriving in 2017

With the goal of improving the passenger experience at Tucson International Airport (TUS), the Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) Board of Directors has approved a multi-phase terminal improvement project to expand the security checkpoint areas, open up more choices in the…

February 15, 2016

Tucson Airport Sees Biggest January Passenger Increase in 10 Years

Airline passenger traffic at Tucson International Airport started 2016 on an upswing with almost 12,000 more passengers passing through the terminal in January compared with the same month in 2015. The 4.6% increase was the highest year-over-year increase in January passenger…

February 4, 2016

TAA Police Lead Regional Airport Response Group

In efforts to enhance the relationships among public and government safety entities, the Tucson Airport Authority Police Department has spearheaded a new initiative called the Regional Airport Response Group. TAA Police Captain Scott Bader was one of the originators of…

January 27, 2016

Tony Finley Becomes New Chairman of TAA Board

Tony Finley took over chairmanship for 2016 of the Tucson Airport Authority at its annual meeting on Monday. The board also elected its officers for the year. David Goldstein, President of Diamond Ventures Inc., is the new Vice Chairman; Lisa…

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