Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Phoenix

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Phoenix

  • By Jonathan A
  • Top Airports
  • 15.08.2016

Phoenix, Arizona is served by an international airport called Sky Harbor which is used by both civilians and the military. The airport lies very close to the city’s downtown in Maricopa County - the distance between the airport and downtown is just 3 miles. There are two airlines using it as hubs: one serves passengers - American Airlines, and the other one is a cargo airline - Ameriflight.

This airport has a pretty interesting history - something to be expected since it’s an old one. Sky Harbor International Airport was build as early as 1928 by Scenic Airways and it was the city’s fourth. At the time it had only one runway however American Airlines started using it since 1929 to transport both passengers and the mail. The City of Phoenix bought Sky Harbor in 1935.

Currently, this airport functions with 3 terminals that offer internet access for free through the WiFi connection. As a curiosity, Terminal 1 is not in use anymore, however the numbering of the remaining terminals has been kept.

The airlines departing from here and offering most destinations are American Airlines, American Eagle and Southwest Airlines. The only non-stop flight across the Atlantic comes from British Airways and takes passengers on London’s Heathrow Airport. Most people love or need to travel to Denver, when flying out of Sky Harbor, as over 1 million of them had this destination in 2015. When it comes to cargo, FedEx Express flies to most destinations - 5 of them, however several shipping companies fly in and out of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Sky Harbor Air National Guard Base calls Sky Harbor its home. The 161st Air Refueling Wing also operates from here. Their facility was rebuilt starting 1995 as the former one was outdated and too small. Currently, this is the most modern facility in which Air National Guard operates.