Gateway Airport Adds New Facilities for Aircraft Repair

PHOENIX -- Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is ringing in the new year with the opening of two new aircraft maintenance centers, each with the potential to employ at least 100 workers.

Hawker Beechcraft Corp. and Cessna both opened facilities Monday to repair and maintain aircraft operated by their executive and business customers.

Both are replacing older maintenance centers in California that became too crowded for expansion. The Hawker Beechcraft Services center replaces the company's Van Nuys location, which will close on March 31, and the Cessna service center will replace an existing facility at Long Beach Airport, which will close in a few weeks.

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