Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is located in the central area of Phoenix approximately 3 miles from downtown. It is a large airport serving the metropolitan area of Phoenix and the surrounding cities. It handles both passenger and commercial aircraft. It is the 11th busiest airport in the US.
It acts as a hub for American Airlines with over 300 daily departures – which accounts for almost half of the annual passenger traffic through the airport. Another major carrier is Southwest Airlines which has in the region of 180 daily departures.
The airport started life with one runway in 1928. The original terminal 1 was demolished and the name ‘retired’ in 1991. Currently there are 3 terminals 2, 3, and 4. Sky Harbor’s control tower is one of the tallest in the US. A new Sky Train service was introduced in 2013 connecting terminals and parking lots.
- Terminal 2 was opened in 1962 and has 17 gates
- Terminal 3 dates from 1979 and has 23 gates
- Terminal 4 (Barry M. Goldwater Terminal) opened in 1990 and has 86 gates
There are plans to merge terminals 2 and 3 in the future. It is hoped to be completed in 2020 and it is expected that terminal 2 will be phased out at this point.
As well as domestic flights Sky Harbor operates as an international airport with flights to North and Central America and to London via British Airways.
Occasionally the airport has to suspend flights due to the weather. Monsoon thunderstorms are common during the summer months and there are also occasional dust storms or haboobs which dramatically decrease visibility.
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