Your Guide to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Airport Guide

Photo courtesy of Benet J. Wilson

The city of Phoenix began operating Sky Harbor International Airport in July 1935. The airport is the 10th largest one in the United States, serving 44 million passengers in 2015. The airport set a single-day passenger record on Feb. 2, the day after Super Bowl XLIX. 

On a typical day, it handles more than 1,200 aircraft arrivals and departures and more than 100,000 passengers every day. The airport has three runways.

3400 E Sky Harbor Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85034

Flight Status: Travelers can check flight status on the airport's website, and even check fares.

Getting to Sky Harbor International AirportThe PHX Sky Train is an automated train that travels between Valley Metro Rail at 44th and Washington streets, the East Economy Parking area and airport terminals. Trains arrive and depart every 3-5 minutes, and the service is free.

The station also has boarding pass kiosks to print boarding passes before arriving at the terminal, early bag check for American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines, a cell phone waiting lot, a pet park and four-hour parking meters.


Parking at PHXSky Harbor's FindASpot allows travelers to search for parking options based on the airline they're flying on, based on either convenience or affordability. It also tells travelers how many spaces are available in terminal garages and uncovered lots, with prices ranging from $9 a day to $25 a day. 


Maps of PHX Airport


Airlines at Sky Harbor Airport: the airport is home to 16 airlines that offer connections or nonstop to more than 80 domestic and 20 international destinations.

Hotels: While the airport doesn't have a hotel onsite, there are nearly 200 nearby that travelers can chose from. The closest ones include:

Unusual Services

If you have any issues with your car -- forgot where you parked your car, locked your keys in your vehicle or have some other minor motorist emergency -- the airport offers blue parking Assistance Call Boxes located in Airport parking lots and garages. Travelers can also call the airport's 24-hour parking hotline at (602) 273-4545 for help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Services offered include help finding your car, getting keys out of a locked car, offering battery jump starts and putting air in flat tires.


The Phoenix Airport Museum was formed to enhance the traveling public’s experience by creating a memorable environment that promotes Arizona’s unique artistic and cultural heritage. The actual museum covers five buildings at Sky Harbor and two other airports operated by the city of Phoenix. Most of the exhibits are in terminals, so travelers can view them without going through airport security. Examples of exhibits include:

  • Find Your Park in ARIZONA: Celebrating 100 Years of National Park Service;
  • Arizona Weather : From Duststorms to Snowstorms;
  • Relief in the Desert: Fine Art Prints from Santo Press;
  • About Face: From the Airport's Collection;
  • Interwoven: Influences on a Living Art Form ; and
  • 100 Years 100 Ranchers: Photographs by Scott Baxter.

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