Did you know Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, America’s Friendliest Airport®, is the largest economic engine in the state of Arizona?  Each day 1,200 aircraft take off and land and about 120,000 people come through the airport terminals.  The airport is also home to 20 airlines offering nonstop service to more than 120 destinations.

If you haven’t been to Phoenix Sky Harbor lately or even if you have, you may notice many changes. The Airport currently has several capital investment projects underway to enhance the experience for travelers.

One such project is Stage 2 of the PHX Sky Train®. This 2.5 mile extension of the PHX Sky Train® system will connect the terminals with the Rental Car Center, making it easier for travelers to get between the two as well as helping to reduce congestion along Sky Harbor Boulevard. A station has also been constructed at 24th Street and Buckeye Road which will offer new parking options for those travelers entering the airport from the West side. Stage 2 of the PHX Sky Train® will open to the public later this year.

Another exciting project set to open later this year is the 8th concourse at Terminal 4. This concourse will feature eight new gates occupied by Southwest Airlines. In addition to new concession offerings, the concourse will feature an airport lounge, charging stations, great views, and other customer amenities.

In addition to learning about these projects on this tour, you’ll also learn about Sky Harbor’s rich history. For instance, did you know that the airport was once nicknamed “The Farm” because of its rural location?

Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear more about all of the amenities America’s Friendliest Airport® has to offer. From award-winning local dining to unique airport features like a Fitness Trail, Sensory Room, Animal Relief Areas and so much more.  In fact, did you know that Phoenix Sky Harbor has one of the largest airport art programs in the country?  You can see exhibitions throughout the terminals as well as in the PHX Sky Train® stations. Check out the Desert Garden sculpture garden at Terminal 3 or make a visit to the Rental Car Center where you can not only see some great exhibits, but you can view the newly relocated “Phoenix” mural by artist Paul Coze. This gorgeous mural previously graced Terminal 2 but was relocated last year. Admire it at the Rental Car Center and be sure to check out the exhibitions there – one about the making of the mural and the other about the Airport in the 1960s.

To learn more about Sky Harbor’s amenities, upcoming projects, sustainability initiatives, and much more, visit skyharbor.com.  And to keep up-to-date on the latest Airport news, subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter PHX Check-In.

Posted by Annelise Patterson