When searching for a new home during a relocation, there are many things that can take priority on our list of “must haves”. For many people, proximity to a commercial airport is on that list.
Residents of the East Valley of the Sun, including Fountain Hills and Rio Verde, already know that getting to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is a quick and easy drive. From the front door of most homes in Fountain Hills to curbside check-in is a mere 25-minute drive with little traffic to contend with on the way.
To add a cherry on top of this convenience, Sky Harbor has just landed the #7 spot on the “Conde Nast Traveler’s Best Airports in the U.S.” list.
Both American and Southwest have a major presence here. There has been an increased number of international flights offered, such as American’s daily, seasonal service between Phoenix and London and British Airways’ increased services over the past two years. Condor Airlines has announced added nonstop services between Phoenix and Frankfurt, Germany.
Renovations of Terminal 4 have recently been completed, and a $590 million modernization of Terminal 3 is underway. This has added amenities travelers love, such as restaurants and bars, including locally influenced food at Cowboy Ciao and Blanco Taco.
Conde Nast mentioned that fliers love the ease of access to the airport while enjoying the uncrowded feel. Sky Harbor aims to enhance the experience of visitors by creating a memorable environment that promotes Arizona’s unique artistic and cultural heritage through four exhibitions in its terminals:
- 100 Years, 100 Ranchers is an exhibit in the pre-security section of Terminal 2. Artist Scott Baxter photographed 100 ranchers whose families have been ranching in Arizona for a hundred years or more.
- Cranes, Trains and Airplanes in Terminal 3 captures Sky Harbor’s development in images from the last 90 years. When Terminal 2 had been built as a state-of-the-art airport in 1962, city planners thought it would be enough for airline traffic until 2000. By 1990, two more terminals had already been added!
- 30 Years, 30 Artworks showcases the long-standing tradition of art in Sky Harbor Airport. These originals (not copies!) are part of a collection that began with 29 pieces back in 1962 and now contains over 900 pieces. This collection, which also includes ceramic art, can be found in Terminal 4.
- Hats in the Air is part of Sky Harbor’s Aviation History Collection located in Terminal 4. The exhibit is a display of aviation hats from a time when flight and fashion were synonymous.
Other amenities at Sky Harbor include the FitPHX fitness trail for passengers to get exercise between flights, a chapel, animal relief areas, nursing stations and free wi-fi. It also offers Fear of Flying classes.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport makes it easy for East Valley residents to travel for business and pleasure and is a quick trip for picking up your visiting guests. For more information, click here: https://www.skyharbor.com/