By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
Scottsdale Airport’s Runway 03/21 and taxiways reopened August 14 ahead of schedule after a multimillion-dollar rehabilitation.
The first aircraft was greeted by a water arch from the Scottsdale Fire Department. Brief remarks by Mayor David Ortega and Aviation Director Gary P. Mascaro followed.
“We’re very excited and probably more excited that it was finished before the anticipated date,” says Sarah Ferrara, the city’s aviation planning and outreach coordinator.
“It took 39 days, as opposed to 45 days, which was amazing, especially with the weather that hit us. We had to shut down this whole airport for operations. We considered how we could work with an accelerated schedule.”
The city paid for the project with a $11 million federal grant. The facility was closed to airport operations — aside from helicopters — since July 6.
Ferrara says jets were landing just after it reopened.
“We celebrated with a Lear jet that came off of alpha 5,” she adds. “He was the first one who came by the Aviation Business Center. It was great to see flights.”