Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in the state of Arizona. It is located in the heart of Phoenix and is considered one of the top 10 airports in the United States. Sky Harbor is the largest hub for American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, and it is the only international airport in the state.
The airport was originally known as the “Mesa Gateway Airport” when it opened in 1928. In 1935, the city of Phoenix purchased the airport for $100,000 and renamed it Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport in honor of aviator and Arizona Senator, Barry Goldwater. In 1940, the airport was designated as an international airport and began receiving international flights from Mexico and other countries.
The airport's three-letter code, PHX, was assigned by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). It is derived from the airport's original name, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.
As of 2020, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is served by more than 25 airlines and welcomed over 46 million passengers in 2019. The airport offers more than 1,200 daily flights to more than 100 destinations around the world. The most popular destinations from Sky Harbor include Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Dallas/Fort Worth, Las Vegas, and San Francisco.
The airport is also home to the US Airways Center, a multipurpose arena and concert venue, which opened in 1992. The airport also has a variety of retail and dining options, including the Sky Harbor Shops, the Sky Harbor Marketplace, and the PHX Sky Harbor Marketplace.
The airport has grown significantly since its opening and has been recognized as one of the best airports in the world. In 2020, it was ranked as the second-best airport in the United States by The Wall Street Journal. Sky Harbor is also a designated “Focus City” for American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, making it a major hub for both airlines.
As a result of its growth and popularity, Sky Harbor has become the 10th busiest airport in the United States. It is the busiest airport in the Southwest and one of the busiest airports in the world. The airport saw over 468,000 aircraft operations in 2019, with an average of 1,280 flights per day.