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Guide to the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Located just three miles southeast of downtown, the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) is the busiest airport in the state of Arizona and one of the 10 busiest in the United States.

PHX is a hub for Great Lakes Airlines and for Southwest Airlines.

About 15 airlines operate from Sky Harbor International Airport, with non-stop flights to destinations across the United States, as well as Canada, Mexico, England and Costa Rica. The busiest domestic routes include Denver, Los Angeles, Dallas/Fort Worth, Seattle/Tacoma, Las Vegas, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, San Diego, Salt Lake City and Atlanta. The busiest international routes are Calgary, San José del Cabo, Vancouver, Edmonton, Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara, London, Mexico City, Cancun and Toronto.

The airport's website has flight status information for arriving and departing flights.

Overview of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport consists of three terminals (Terminals 2, 3 and 4, also known as the Barry M. Goldwater Terminal) and 120 airplane gates. There is no Terminal 1.

Terminal 2, which features nine gates, is used by Alaska Airlines, Great Lakes Airlines and United Airlines. Terminal 3 has 17 gates spread across two concourses. Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines operate from the North Concourse of Terminal 3, while Hawaiian Airlines and Sun Country Airlines operate from Terminal 3's South Concourse.

Terminal 4 consists of 90 gates spread across several concourses. Concourse B includes international gates and is also used by Aeroméxico Connect, Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge, American Airlines, British Airways, Volaris and Westjet. Southwest Airlines has the exclusive use of Concourse C and Concourse D.

The airport has a number of restaurants, stores, services and amenities available to both passengers and visitors. The airport calls itself "America's friendliest airport," and volunteer "navigators" are available to help people as they make their way through Sky Harbor. Free wifi internet access is available throughout the terminals and in the Rental Car Center. Smoking areas and pet relief areas are available outside the terminals.

If you'd like to grab a bite to eat or make a last-minute purchase, the airport has a number of restaurants and retail shops on both sides of security.

Ground Transportation at PHX

There are plenty of ground transportation choices for getting to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Taxis and shared-ride vans are available 24 hours a day without a reservation. Limousine service and long-distances shuttle buses are also available with reservations. Many of the area's hotels, motels and resorts offer courtesy shuttles for guests staying at their properties.

The PHX Sky Train is free and travels between the PHX Sky Train Station at 44th and Washington streets, the East Economy Parking area and the airport terminals. From the PHX Sky Train Station, passengers can connect to the Valley Metro Rail. Bus Route #13 stops at the airport. Additionally city bus routes stop at the Sky Train Station.

If you'd prefer to rent a car, a number of major car rental companies operate from the airport's Rental Car Center. Passengers can reach the Rental Car Center using a free shuttle that stops curbside on the baggage claim level of each terminal.

Parking at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Driving to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport? If you're just picking up a passenger, there are three free cell-phone waiting lots. Lots can be used for 30 minutes or less and drivers must remain with their cars. The lots can be found at to the east of Terminal 4, west of the Terminal 2 parking structure, and south of the PHX Sky Train Station on 44th Street.

There are several parking lots at the airport offering hourly, daily and long-term parking.

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