Inside Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX) Airport
Once known as “The Farm” because of its isolation, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) is now among the busiest airports in the US and the world. On the average day the airport handles more than 100,000 passengers and has 1,200 arriving and departing airplanes. It has 120 gates spread over 3 terminals. Most of these are in Terminal 4 which opened in 1990 and was expanded in 2005.
Phoenix Sky Harbor airport celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2010, dating its history to the purchase of an existing airport by Phoenix city in 1935 (which happens to be the same year that the Monopoly board game was released). An interesting fact about the airport is that it was once popular with couples wanting to make a quick marriage. It had a chapel next door (near where the Left Seat Restaurant is now) and there was no three day waiting period in Arizona.
PHX Airport Parking and Services
PHX airport has a number of passenger services available, including children’s play areas, pet parks and more. The airport dubs itself ‘America’s friendliest airport’. It prides itself on excellent customer service and has won multiple awards. Check out the Navigator volunteers, dressed in purple, if you’re at the airport and need help with anything. If you’re traveling from Phoenix airport, our Phoenix airport parking services complement those on offer at the airport and provide a hassle-free experience. They are available from QuikPark Airport Valet, Fasttrack Airport Parking and SkyHarbor Airport Parking.
Things to Do Near Phoenix Airport
If you’re flying via Phoenix, then there’s lots to do on your trip. The airport is only a few miles from the city so you can pack a lot in even if you just have a layover.
- Phoenix Zoo is not far away and since it’s been voted one of the top five zoos for kids in America, it’s worth a trip if you’re traveling with the family.
- Deserts are full of life and there’s no better way to see this in action than in the Desert Botanical Garden.
- Papago Park, which includes the two attractions listed above, is a great place to sit and relax or get more active and try out archery or golf.
- Want to explore musical history? The Musical Instrument Museum is the place to go for tens of thousands of instruments from around the world – and there’s a music theater too!
- Overnighting in Phoenix? Then check out the Carnival of Illusion show for a mixture of magic, mystery and vaudeville
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