Grand Canyon West Airport // (c) Hualapai Tourism
Grand Canyon West, Arizona’s fourth-busiest airport and home to the Skywalk, is opening a new welcome center and air terminal this July. The new facilities total nearly 20,000 square feet, which will double the current amount of available space at the terminal. The new and improved structures will contain all guest services, including a concierge, ticketing area, a gift shop, an air tour terminal, a hop-on-hop-off shuttle station, an espresso bar and a cafe. The ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for July 10 and will be an invitation only event hosted by the Hualapai Nation.
Grand Canyon West Airport’s new runway will open by the end of 2010. The new runway is 5,000 feet long and 75 feet wide with adjacent helipads able to accommodate both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. The new runway and facilities will make air tours from Southern California to Grand Canyon West possible.
“These new facilities will ensure our visitors have the best experience and will help us share the beauty of Grand Canyon West with people who may not have had the opportunity to visit us otherwise,” said Robert Bravo Jr., CEO of the Grand Canyon Resort Corporation. “We are particularly interested in developing air transportation to Grand Canyon West for people in the Los Angels area. Some layovers at LAX can last up to six to eight hours, which is plenty of time to experience Grand Canyon West.”