Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport has closed its north runway until Sunday Nov. 6 for several vital construction and maintenance projects related to the facility’s Terminal 3 modernization project. This required closure may result in flight delays for some passengers.
What do travelers need to know?
Arrival and departure delays of up to 30 minutes are possible during peak travel times, from 7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Passengers with connecting flights should contact their airline if they are concerned about having enough time to transfer between flights. Passengers and those picking up passengers should check flight status with their airline before coming to the airport.
What projects require the closure?
The primary reason for the closure is to run additional power to Terminal 3 from an Arizona Public Service (APS) substation north of the airport. Workers will remove concrete from the north runway, install a duct bank, and then re-pave that section of runway.
The additional power is necessary for the Terminal 3 modernization project, which will provide a more efficient and consolidated security checkpoint, more space for passengers and state-of-the-art technology systems.
While the runway is closed for the power upgrade project, Phoenix Sky Harbor will perform additional maintenance including replacing concrete on heavily utilized sections of runway; upgrading lighting to LEDs and striping and pavement maintenance.
The north runway, also known as Runway 8/26, is one of three at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. At 11,490 feet in length and 150 feet wide, it is the airport’s longest runway.
Terminal 3 Modernization update
The Terminal 3 modernization effort is proceeding on schedule. Passengers will see soon a more convenient, efficient terminal offering amazing views of the Valley. A consolidated security checkpoint and additional ticket counters will be included among the many enhancements.
The upgrade project is fully funded with airport revenue. No tax dollars are used to operate or maintain Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Note to residents near airport
The closure of the north runway requires air traffic to be concentrated on the two south runways. Residents living directly east and west of the airport’s center and south runways may notice increased activity on certain flight paths during the upgrade period ending Nov. 6.