Scottsdale Airport has unveiled a new Aviation Business Center, veteran’s memorial, hangars and restaurant marking the completion of a $27 million redevelopment project.
This modernized facility replaces the outdated and underutilized airport terminal built in 1968. The new center makes better use of the existing footprint and welcomes the public to experience the airport via the new restaurant, public viewing deck and park-like plaza area.
It’s worth a visit for:
The Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial is a tribute to the airport’s roots as a training field for pilots and aircrew during World War II. The Scottsdale City Council approved an agreement to build a veterans’ memorial shade plaza as part of the project. It features a WWII era PT-17 Stearman aircraft, similar to those flown in the airport’s early days, an interactive kiosk and donor plaques.
The public art
Glass art by Martin Donlin adorns a section of the building adding character and bringing some of the Arizona desert landscape indoors.
The new restaurant
Volanti Restaurant and Lounge, located on the second floor, will fully open Nov. 26. Volanti will serve a classic menu with influences from around the world and an unbeatable location with views of the airport and McDowell Mountains.
“We are in an ideal place for residents, visitors and businesses to experience the airport while enjoying our food and drink,” said Volanti Restaurant and Lounge owner Dee Dee Maza. “Our food will be fresh and delicious, our prices reasonable, and the ambiance unique.”
Additionally, two new meeting rooms and a patio area located upstairs are available for rent.
Scottsdale Airport is one of the nation’s top general aviation airports and welcomed 168,126 operations in 2017, with 1,108 of those processed by U.S. customs inspections.