Sky Harbor Airport Offers Summer Travel Tips

Summer is in full swing and if it is time to pack your bags and take that much needed vacation, Sky Harbor Airport has put together some tips on how to make traveling a breeze.

Before Traveling

Double-check your carry-on bags. It is recommended that you make sure to look through your carry-on bag or purse prior to arriving at the airport to ensure that none of your packed items fall under the TSA Prohibited Items List.

Better early than late. If you are traveling domestically, it is strongly recommended that travelers arrive at least two hours prior to your flight. International travelers are asked to arrive three hours early. Check your flight status on skyharbor.com and on the internal flight information screens at the airport.

Parking is easy. Phoenix Sky Harbor offers the Prepaid Discount Parking program that is available in all terminal garages, including the Terminal 2 Garage and at the East Economy Parking area. Travelers can reserve your parking space online up to six months in advance.  And, if you are looking for up-to-the-minute parking status, visit skyharbor.com/FindASpot or call our 24-hour parking hotline at 602-273-4545.

Check Security Wait Times. Did you know Sky Harbor offers the convenience of checking wait times for the security checkpoints before you arrive? Just visit skyharbor.com for your flight details. Tip: If you are traveling through Terminal 4, you can use any of the four security checkpoints to access your gate. 

Avoid airport traffic The PHX Sky Train® 44th Street Station is available to everyone to get to and from the Airport. It makes a convenient pick-up and drop-off location and helps drivers avoid roadway traffic and terminal curb congestion. The PHX Sky Train operates 24 hours a day and arrives every 3-5 minutes. And it’s free! For more information visit: skyharbor.com/PHXSkyTrain


Things to do While at the Airport

Grab a bite to eat. Sky Harbor offers a wide variety of delicious food options for all desires including fast food, kid-friendly meals, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free meals. We feature restaurants specific to Arizona. For a complete list of dining options visit: skyharbor.com/ShopsFoodServices/Dining

Shop and relax.  Take advantage of Arizona boutiques and upscale national stores for fashionable gifts or last minute trip needs. You can even treat yourself to some pampering in one of the spas in Terminal 4 before boarding your plane. Phoenix Sky Harbor of course also has stores in each terminal that sell last-minute travel necessities and souvenirs. To learn more about shopping at Sky Harbor, visit skyharbor.com/ShopsFoodServices/Shops

Enjoy local artists. Arizona is full of talented painters, photographers, sculptors, and other artists. Have some time to kill while you wait for your flight, make sure you see the beauty of Arizona at the Museum exhibitions that can be found in all terminals.

Traveling with a pet? Sky Harbor offers nine animal relief areas available for pets needing a potty break and some light exercise before taking off to their destination. Make sure to check with your airline to review their policies regarding traveling with pets prior to arriving at the Airport.

Still need more details on your upcoming trip to Sky Harbor? Additional travel tips are available at skyharbor.com.


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