Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Summary
Airport typePublic / Military
Owner/OperatorPhoenix Airport System
ServesPhoenix Metropolitan Area
LocationPhoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Opened1928; 96 years ago (1928)
Hub forAmerican Airlines
Operating base for
Elevation AMSL1,135 ft / 348 m
Coordinates33°26′03″N 112°00′42″W / 33.43417°N 112.01167°W / 33.43417; -112.01167
Websiteskyharbor.com
Maps
FAA airport diagram
FAA airport diagram
Map
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8/26 11,489 3,502 Concrete
7L/25R 10,300 3,139 Concrete
7R/25L 7,800 2,377 Concrete
Statistics (2023)
Aircraft operations454,665
Passenger volume48,872,974
Total cargo (tons)358,175

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport[a] (IATA: PHX, ICAO: KPHX, FAA LID: PHX) is a civil–military public airport 3 miles (2.6 nmi; 4.8 km) east of downtown Phoenix, in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States.[3] It is Arizona's largest and busiest airport; among the largest commercial airports in the United States, PHX was the 8th-busiest airport in the United States and 22nd-busiest in the world in 2021.[5] The airport serves as a hub for American Airlines and a base for Frontier Airlines and Southwest Airlines.

PHX Airport presently holds the distinction of being the busiest three runway airport in the entire world.[6]

The airport is also home to the 161st Air Refueling Wing (161 ARW), an Air Mobility Command (AMC)–gained unit of the Arizona Air National Guard. The military enclave is known as the Goldwater Air National Guard Base. One of two flying units in the Arizona ANG, the 161 ARW flies the KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft. In addition to its domestic role as a National Guard unit, answering to the Governor of Arizona, the 161 ARW also performs both a stateside and overseas role as a USAF organization, supporting air refueling and air mobility missions worldwide.[7]

History

Interior of Terminal 2 in the 1960s with a view of Paul Coze's mural The Phoenix
Sky Harbor's Control Tower with downtown Phoenix in the distance
American Airlines aircraft at Terminal 4

Sky Harbor Airport's evocative name was conceived by J. Parker Van Zandt, the owner of Scenic Airways, who purchased 278 acres of farmland for Scenic's winter operations in November 1928. Sky Harbor was not only named but founded and built by Van Zandt in late 1928. He immediately commenced building a 100 x 120 foot airplane hangar and through early 1929 built one runway. This was the fourth airport built in Phoenix.[8] Scenic Airways, lacking funds after the infamous Stock Market Crash of 1929,[9][8] sold the airport to Acme Investment Company, which owned the airport until 1935, when the city of Phoenix purchased Sky Harbor airport from Acme for $100,000.[10]

On February 23, 1929, Maddux Air Lines began the airport's first scheduled passenger service with a route between San Francisco and El Paso stopping in Phoenix, Los Angeles, and several other cities; however the service was short lived, ending by autumn 1929. Standard Air Lines had been serving Phoenix since late 1927 at a different airport and began landing at Sky Harbor on August 5, 1929. Standard operated a route between Los Angeles and El Paso stopping at Phoenix, Tucson, and Douglas, Arizona. Standard was acquired by American Airways in 1930 which later became American Airlines. American extended the route eastward to New York by way of Dallas, Nashville, and many other cities making for a southern transcontinental route across the United States.[11]

TWA began service to San Francisco in 1938 and added Phoenix onto its transcontinental network by 1944 with flights to Los Angeles and eastward to New York stopping at Albuquerque, Kansas City, and many more cities. Arizona Airways began intrastate service within Arizona in 1946 and merged into Frontier Airlines in 1950 which added new routes to Denver, Albuquerque, and El Paso. Bonanza Airlines began service by 1951 with a route to Las Vegas and Reno making several stops at smaller communities. New routes to Salt Lake City and Southern California were added in the 1960s along with nonstop flights to Las Vegas and Reno aboard Douglas DC-9 jets by 1965. Bonanza merged with two other carriers to become Air West in 1968 and was changed to Hughes Airwest in 1970 adding several new routes, including service to Mexico, creating a hub at Phoenix. Hughes Airwest was then merged into Republic Airlines in 1980 which continued the Phoenix hub operation until the mid-1980s. Western Airlines came to Sky Harbor in 1957 with flights to Denver, Los Angeles and San Diego, Continental Airlines came in 1961 to El Paso, Los Angeles, and Tucson, and Delta Air Lines began flights to Dallas by 1969.[10] Since airline deregulation in 1978, Phoenix has seen numerous new air carriers begin service including United Airlines in 1980 and Southwest Airlines in 1982.

After World War II the airport began work on a new passenger terminal, as well as a new parallel runway and a diagonal runway.[12] On the February 1953 C&GS diagram runways 8L and 8R are each 6,000 feet (1,800 m) long and runway 3 is 5,500 feet (1,700 m).

The $835,000 Terminal 1 (originally called the West Wing), which also had the first control tower, opened in October 1952.[12] It was torn down in 1991 and replaced by a cell phone waiting lot, with Terminal 1's parking lot now being the West Economy lot.

The April 1957 OAG shows 42 scheduled airline departures a day: 16 American, 11 TWA, 10 Bonanza, and 5 Frontier. American began a nonstop DC-7 to New York (Idlewild) in the summer of 1959. Western Airlines began service in 1958 followed by Continental Airlines in 1961. Delta Air Lines began service in 1969 and was merged with Western in 1987, keeping the Delta brand.

The airport's master plan was redesigned in 1959 to eliminate the cross runway to make room for new terminals.[12] American and TWA began jet service to Phoenix in 1960 and 1961 respectively, and Terminal 2 (originally called the East Wing) opened in 1962.[13] Terminal 2 was designed by the Phoenix architectural firms of Weaver & Drover and Lescher & Mahoney and opened in 1962.[14] Terminal 2 also featured a 16-foot (4.9 m) high and 75-foot (23 m) wide mural composed of 52 different materials, including mosaic glass, gemstones, shells, and vintage toys.

The Phoenix, designed by the late French-American artist and full-time resident of Phoenix Paul Coze, was commissioned in 1960 as Phoenix's first work of public art and was installed in 1962 in the main lobby area of the terminal. The Phoenix was relocated to the Rental Car Center in 2021 following the decommisioning and demolition of Terminal 2.[15] In November 2006, a Military and Veterans Hospitality Room, sponsored by the Phoenix Military and Veterans Commission, was opened in Terminal 2. It has since relocated to Terminal 4 as the new USO. This terminal underwent two renovation projects. The first was completed in 1988.[16] The second project, which cost $24 million and was designed by DWL Architects + Planners, Inc., was completed in 2007.[14]

Designed by DWL Architects + Planners, Inc., construction on Terminal 3 began in January 1977. Terminal 3 opened in October 1979, and the "East" and "West" names were dropped since there were no longer only two terminals.[12]

Bonanza Air Lines moved its headquarters from Las Vegas to Phoenix in 1966. Bonanza merged with two other airlines to form Air West, which became Hughes Airwest after Howard Hughes bought it in 1970.[17] After airline deregulation in 1978 former Hughes Airwest executive Ed Beauvais formed a plan for a new airline based in Phoenix. He founded America West Airlines in 1981, which began service from Phoenix in 1983 and doubled in size during its first year. By the end of the decade America West was serving over 80 cities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico and was lobbying for transpacific service. In late 1992 America West contracted with Mesa Airlines to create a new feeder network called America West Express which served many smaller communities in Arizona, California, Colorado, and New Mexico.[17]

After the Airline Deregulation Act was signed in 1978, many new airlines began service. Eastern Airlines and Allegheny Airlines soon began service in 1979 followed by United Airlines in 1980. Allegheny changed its name to USAir shortly after beginning service in 1979.

Southwest Airlines arrived at Phoenix in January 1982 with 13 daily flights to 12 cities; by 1986 it had 64 daily flights from Phoenix and had a crew base there. Southwest opened a maintenance facility at PHX in 1992, which was its largest.[18]

In October 1989 ground was broken for Terminal 4, the largest terminal.[19] It opened on November 2, 1990,[20] with four concourses: N2 and N3 on the north side and S3 and S4 on the south side. In 1994 the N4 International Concourse was opened, adding 10 gates and a sterile walkway to the S4 concourse. In 1997 construction began on the 14-gate N1 concourse for America West Airlines. It was completed in June 1998 at a cost of $50 million,[21] completing the expansion of the north side of the terminal. On the south side of the terminal, construction began in 2002 on the eight-gate S2 concourse for Southwest Airlines. This project was completed in 2004 and has a different architectural design from the other six concourses. The eighth and final concourse for Terminal 4 began construction in May 2019. Terminal 4 is named after former Arizona Senator and 1964 Presidential candidate Barry M. Goldwater. After Goldwater's death in 1998, the then-mayor of Phoenix, Skip Rimsza, proposed renaming the airport in Goldwater's memory but was deluged with public support for the familiar "Sky Harbor" name.[22] Terminal 4, designed by DWL Architects + Planners, Inc., is the largest and busiest of the two terminals with 86 gates, divided into seven satellite concourses connected behind security.[14]

America West filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 1991 and sold its larger aircraft and Japanese route authority, but continued growing its domestic operations from Terminal 4 in cooperation with Continental Airlines. Although AWA enjoyed further growth at Phoenix during the 1990s the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks strained its financial position. AWA ended its relationship with Continental and merged with US Airways in 2005. US Airways moved its headquarters to the AWA campus in Tempe and retained many AWA managers to run the merged company. US Airways was then merged into American Airlines in 2015 which continues to build upon the largest hub operation at Phoenix Sky Harbor.[17]

Sky Harbor landed its first transatlantic flights in 1996 when British Airways inaugurated nonstop service to London. The flight was first operated with a Douglas DC-10 aircraft but soon upgraded to a Boeing 747-400.[23]

In 2007 the Transportation Security Administration introduced the first of its backscatter X-ray machines at PHX.[24]

Sky Harbor's private airplane area is also one of eight service centers for the Medevac airline Air Evac.[25]

From 1951 through the end of 2023, over 1.425 billion passengers (domestic and international, enplaned and deplaned) have transited through PHX, an annual average of over 19.5 million passengers. In the same time frame there were over 29.5 million aircraft movements (commercial, military, general aviation) at PHX, an annual average of about 404,800 movements.[26] PHX has grown over the years into a major US hub, and in 2020 was ranked the 24th-busiest airport in the world and eighth-busiest airport in the United States in passenger boardings.

In its 2019 airport rankings, The Wall Street Journal ranked Sky Harbor as the best airport overall among the 20 largest airports in the U.S.[27] "Phoenix excelled in several of the 15 categories, with short screening waits, fast Wi-Fi, good Yelp scores for restaurant reviews, short taxi-to-takeoff times for planes and cheap average Uber cost to get downtown."[28] Sky Harbor won the honor again in 2023, ahead of Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.[29]

In February 2020, Terminal 2 accepted its final flight and was then decommissioned. Demolition occurred in early 2021 with the terminal being replaced by concrete stands for aircraft, accessible by bus from other terminals.[30] Airlines previously using Terminal 2 were relocated to Terminal 3, which had completed renovations in January 2020.[31]

In January 2021, Terminal 3 was renamed in honor of Senator John McCain by the Phoenix City Council.[32]

Facilities

Terminals

Aerial view of the new control tower in the foreground, and the old control tower in the background, with Terminal 3 in between, looking southwest

The airport has 117 active aircraft gates in two Terminals (3 and 4).[33] The airport administration states that the designations Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 have been "retired" and that it did not wish to renumber the other terminals since passengers were already familiar with the numbers in place.[34] Terminals 3 and 4 continued to retain their numbers after the closing of Terminal 2.[35] Bus gates are planned to be operated on the Terminal 2 site.[36][34][37][38] American and Southwest use Terminal 4. The other airlines use Terminal 3. Frontier Airlines use Terminal 3 to manage their flight operations.[39] All international arrivals without border pre-clearance are processed in Terminal 4.[40]

Runways

PHX covers 3,400 acres (14 km2) at an elevation of 1,135 ft (346 m). The airport has three parallel concrete/grooved runways:[3][41]

All three runways can accommodate aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight of 900,000 lb (410,000 kg) or greater.[3]

ATC tower

The airport's 326-foot-tall (99 m) air traffic control tower began operations on January 14, 2007. It stands just east of the Terminal 3 parking garage, and also houses the Phoenix TRACON. This is Sky Harbor's third control tower and is among the tallest control towers in North America.[42][43]

Museum

The Phoenix Airport Museum is a museum displaying artwork and local aviation memorabilia located inside the terminal.[44]

Airlines and destinations

Passenger

The following airlines operate regularly scheduled passenger flights at Sky Harbor Airport:[45]

AirlinesDestinationsRefs
Advanced Air Carlsbad (NM), Gallup, Silver City [46]
Air Canada Vancouver
Seasonal: Toronto–Pearson
[47]
Air Canada Rouge Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson [47]
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle (begins May 23, 2024)[48] [49]
Alaska Airlines Anchorage, Boise, Everett, Portland (OR), San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma [50]
Allegiant Air Asheville, Knoxville, Provo, Stockton [51]
American Airlines Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Boise, Boston, Burbank, Cancún, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Cincinnati, Columbus–Glenn, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, El Paso, Guadalajara, Honolulu, Houston–Intercontinental, Indianapolis, Jacksonville (FL), Kahului, Kailua-Kona, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Lihue, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Madison, Mazatlán, Memphis, Mexico City, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Monterey, Nashville, Newark, New Orleans, New York–JFK, Omaha, Ontario, Orange County, Orlando, Philadelphia, Portland (OR), Puerto Vallarta, Raleigh/Durham, Reno/Tahoe, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose (CA), San José del Cabo, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Seattle/Tacoma, Spokane, St. Louis, Tampa, Washington–National
Seasonal: Bakersfield, Cleveland, Eugene, Fresno, Grand Rapids, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Palm Springs, Pittsburgh, Tucson
[52]
American Eagle Albuquerque, Bakersfield, Burbank, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, Durango (CO), El Paso, Eugene, Fayetteville/Bentonville, Flagstaff, Fresno, Grand Junction, Hermosillo, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Loreto, Lubbock, Medford, Midland/Odessa, Monterey, Monterrey, Oklahoma City, Ontario, Palm Springs, Provo (begins October 7, 2024),[53] Redmond/Bend, Reno/Tahoe, Roswell, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Fe, Santa Rosa, Sioux Falls, St. George (UT), Tijuana, Tri-Cities (WA), Tucson, Tulsa, Wichita, Yuma
Seasonal: Aspen, Billings, Eagle/Vail, Fargo, Idaho Falls, Jackson Hole, Manzanillo, Montrose, San Jose (CA)
[52]
Breeze Airways Charleston (SC) (ends May 25, 2024),[54] Provo
Seasonal: Hartford, Norfolk (begins October 3, 2024),[55] Richmond, San Bernardino
[56]
British Airways London–Heathrow [57]
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt [58]
Contour Airlines Charter: Moab, Page, Vernal [59]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK, Salt Lake City, Seattle/Tacoma [60]
Delta Connection Los Angeles [60]
Denver Air Connection Cortez, Telluride (CO) [61]
Flair Airlines Seasonal: Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver [62]
Frontier Airlines Chicago–Midway, Chicago–O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Missoula (begins May 2, 2024),[63] Nashville, Orange County, Orlando, Portland (OR), Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, San José del Cabo (begins May 16, 2024),[64] Seattle/Tacoma, St. Louis
Seasonal: Atlanta, Houston–Intercontinental, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Ontario (CA)
[65]
Hawaiian Airlines Honolulu [66]
JetBlue Boston, New York–JFK [67]
Southern Airways Express Imperial/El Centro, Show Low [68]
Southwest Airlines Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boise, Buffalo, Burbank, Cancún, Chicago–Midway, Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbus–Glenn, Dallas–Love, Denver, Detroit, El Paso, Honolulu, Houston–Hobby, Houston–Intercontinental, Indianapolis, Kahului, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Louisville, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, New Orleans, Oakland, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Ontario, Orange County, Orlando, Palm Springs, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), Puerto Vallarta, Reno/Tahoe, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose (CA), San José del Cabo, Seattle/Tacoma, Spokane, St. Louis, Tampa, Tulsa, Washington–Dulles[69]
Seasonal: Cincinnati, Des Moines (resumes November 23, 2024),[70] Fort Lauderdale, Little Rock, Memphis, Philadelphia, Raleigh/Durham, Wichita
[71]
Spirit Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Newark
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare
[72]
Sun Country Airlines Minneapolis/St. Paul
Seasonal: Duluth, Madison, Milwaukee, Rochester (MN)
[73]
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles
Seasonal: Cleveland
[74]
United Express Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles [74]
Volaris Culiacán, Guadalajara [75]
WestJet Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver
Seasonal: Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
[76]

Cargo

AirlinesDestinationsRefs
Air Cargo CarriersLas Vegas, Tucson[77]
Amazon Air Allentown, Cincinnati, Chicago-O'Hare, Chicago-Rockford, Fort Worth, Lakeland, Portland (OR), Tampa, Wilmington [78][79][80][81]
AmeriflightHermosillo, Lake Havasu, Nogales, Payson, Prescott, Sierra Vista, Tucson, Yuma [82]
DHL Aviation Cincinnati, Hermosillo, San Diego [83][84]
FedEx Express Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Memphis, Oakland
FedEx Feeder Flagstaff, Lake Havasu City, Yuma
UPS Airlines Albuquerque, Chicago-Rockford, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Fargo, Louisville, Lubbock, Ontario, Salt Lake City [85][86]

Statistics

Top destinations

Busiest domestic routes from PHX (January 2023 – December 2023)[87]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Denver, Colorado 1,203,000 American, Frontier, Southwest, United
2 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington 957,000 Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest
3 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 879,000 American, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, United
4 Las Vegas, Nevada 873,000 American, Frontier, JSX, Southwest, Spirit
5 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 759,000 American, Spirit, Frontier
6 Los Angeles, California 736,000 American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, United
7 Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota 652,000 American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country
8 San Diego, California 643,000 American, Frontier, JSX, Southwest
9 Salt Lake City, Utah 640,000 American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest
10 Atlanta, Georgia 606,000 American, Delta, Southwest
Busiest international routes from PHX (January 2023 – December 2023)[88]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Mexico San José del Cabo, Mexico 439,945 American, Southwest
2 United Kingdom London–Heathrow, United Kingdom 315,528 American, British Airways
3 Mexico Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 292,579 American, Southwest
4 Canada Calgary, Canada 292,215 Air Canada, Flair, Lynx Air, WestJet
5 Mexico Cancún, Mexico 210,971 American, Southwest
6 Canada Toronto–Pearson, Canada 181,452 Air Canada, Lynx Air
7 Canada Vancouver, Canada 163,271 Air Canada, WestJet
8 Mexico Guadalajara, Mexico 156,644 American, Volaris
9 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico 99,508 American
10 Mexico Mazatlán, Mexico 68,076 American

Annual traffic

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Annual passenger traffic at PHX airport. See Wikidata query.
Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned) at PHX, (2000-2022)[89][90] [91]
Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers
2000 36,044,281 2011 40,592,295 2022 44,397,854
2001 35,437,051 2012 40,448,932 2023 48,872,974
2002 35,547,432 2013 40,341,614 2024
2003 37,423,502 2014 42,134,662 2025
2004 39,504,323 2015 44,006,206 2026
2005 41,204,071 2016 43,383,528 2027
2006 41,436,498 2017 43,921,670 2028
2007 42,184,515 2018 44,943,686 2029
2008 39,891,193 2019 46,288,337 2030
2009 37,824,982 2020 21,928,708 2031
2010 38,554,530 2021 38,846,713 2032

Airline market share

Top airlines at PHX
(December 2022 - November 2023)[92]
Rank Airline Passengers Percent of market share
1 American Airlines 15,301,000 34.34%
2 Southwest Airlines 15,004,000 33.67%
3 Delta Air Lines 3,333,000 7.48%
4 United Airlines 2,562,000 5.75%
5 Frontier Airlines 2,480,000 5.56%
6 Others 5,881,000 13.20%

Ground transportation

PHX Sky Train

Travelers can access both terminals from the East Economy Parking by using the PHX Sky Train.[93] There is also terminal parking adjacent to each terminal.[94] The airport continues to provide shuttle bus service between the terminals and the rental car center with separate routes serving each terminal until the PHX Sky Train project is complete.

Valley Metro bus route 13 has a stop near the Airport's Operations building, west of Terminal 3.[95] Travelers connecting to or from the Greyhound station can use the Valley Metro route 13 bus. The Valley Metro Rail has a stop at the nearby 44th St/Washington light rail station. A moving sidewalk bridge over Washington Street allows light rail passengers to arrive at the nearby PHX Sky Train station and then onward to stations at the East Economy Parking Lot and Terminal 3 and 4. Valley Metro bus routes 44 serve the PHX Sky Train station at 44th Street and Washington.[96]

A number of taxi, limousine, ride share and shuttle companies provide service between each airport terminal, the Phoenix metropolitan area, and other communities throughout the state.[97]

By road, the airport terminals are served by East Sky Harbor Boulevard, which is fed by Interstate 10, Arizona State Routes 143 and 202.

PHX Sky Train

Main article: PHX Sky Train

The PHX Sky Train is an automated people-mover, much like those found at other airports, that transports Sky Harbor passengers from the 44th Street and Washington Light Rail station to Sky Harbor's East Economy Parking lot, through both terminals. Phase 1 opened on April 8, 2013, and runs from the 44th Street and Washington Light Rail station, to East Economy Parking and on to Terminal 4.[98] Phase 1A shuttles passengers to Terminal 3. Phase 1A opened on December 8, 2014.[99] Phase 2 transports passengers to the Rental Car Center. Phase 2 opened on December 20, 2022.[100]

Accidents and incidents

Date Flight number Information
June 27, 1969 N/A A Cessna 182 Skylane, flying from Hawthorne Airport in Hawthorne, California, to Sky Harbor, hit high-tension power lines east of the airport and crashed at 10:48 pm in the Salt River bed while attempting to land on Runway 26R, knocking out power to the airport and killing all three passengers on board.[101]
March 13, 1990 N/A An Alaska Airlines Boeing 727 taking off from PHX struck and killed a male who breached security and ran onto the runway. There were no injuries on the 727. Airport authorities determined he was a patient at a nearby mental hospital.[102]
August 28, 2002 HP794 An America West Airlines Airbus A320 arriving from Houston experienced a nosegear collapse while taxiing in after landing.[103][104]
July 11, 2009 BA288 A British Airways Boeing 747 due to depart to London, was evacuated on the tarmac due to fumes in the cabin.[105][106]
August 17, 2017 QF7 A Qantas Airbus A380 passenger experienced a medical emergency en route from Sydney to Dallas and the flight diverted to Phoenix. This is the first recorded arrival of the A380 superjumbo in Phoenix and the aircraft was required to taxi to a remote stand as the airport did not have a gate capable of handling the oversized Airbus.[107]
December 6, 2017 BA288/BAW38P A British Airways Boeing 747 experienced a #3 engine problem during climbout and needed to return to the airport after dumping fuel. The incident was recorded on camera.[108][109][110]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Commonly referred to as Sky Harbor Airport or simply Sky Harbor

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