Construction underway to improve Terminal 3 of Sky Harbor

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Construction is underway on improvements at Terminal 3 of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

The $590 million Terminal 3 Modernization Program will result in a consolidated security checkpoint, additional ticket counters, new baggage carousels, an expanded curb for pick-up and drop-off, and new shops and restaurants.

By summer 2016, travelers should be able to get through check-in and security faster thanks to expanded airline ticket counter space and a larger security checkpoint.

The entire project is expected to be completed by 2020.

"This program will fundamentally change the way travelers use Terminal 3," Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said in a statement. "With an expanded security checkpoint and additional ticket counters, travelers will find a superior and modern terminal that showcases Arizona's natural sunlight and beauty while also providing an efficient way to move through the terminal."

The program is in its first phase, and Sky Harbor visitors may have already noticed changes. The old pedestrian walkway outside of the terminal has been removed, the Pet Park has been relocated, and two restaurants and a gift shop outside of security have closed. A temporary bar is in place before the security checkpoint to provide travelers with food 24 hours per day.

In April, Spirit Airlines and Sun Country Airlines will be relocated to Terminal 2 and Hawaiian Airlines will be moved from the south to the north concourse of Terminal 3.

"Customer service is extremely important to us," City Councilwoman Kate Gallego said in a statement. "This project is taking place in phases so that we can ensure the least amount of disruption to our customers. These new enhancements will allow us to continue providing a world-class experience to every customer every day."

Future phases of the project will focus on the redesign of concourses and the addition of concession and retail options.