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Breeze Airways to Begin Phoenix Sky Harbor Service in Novemberhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/aviation/2437Aviation8/10/2022 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2437/Newsroom_Aviation_23_Breeze.jpgBreeze Airways to Begin Phoenix Sky Harbor Service in November<div class="ExternalClass599A16261BBB4A63ADBC624B6278C94A"><html> <p>Today, Breeze Airways Chief Operating Officer Michael Wuerger announced service from Phoenix to Charleston, South Carolina and Provo, Utah beginning November 2, 2022. <br></p> <p>“I welcome Breeze Airways and its innovative approach to air travel as we increase travel options and passenger volume at Sky Harbor International Airport," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “We look forward to its success and growth of destinations served from Phoenix."</p> <p>Breeze Airways is a new airline for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and will operate out of Terminal 3. Charleston is a new destination as well. The twice-weekly service to both Provo and Charleston will be served on Wednesdays and Saturdays.<br></p> <p>“The expansion of Breeze Airways service in Sky Harbor is proof that there is continued demand for travel to and from Phoenix," said Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio, District 6. “As the fourth new airline to begin operations out of Sky Harbor just this year, I am hopeful for the ongoing growth of our airport, benefiting our community members and the local economy."  <br></p> <p>Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport now has 23 airlines serving more than 140 destinations. In the past year, the airport has welcomed four new airlines and restored almost all international destinations put on pause due to the pandemic. Visit <a href="https://www.skyharbor.com/flights/WhereWeFly" target="_blank">https://www.skyharbor.com/flights/WhereWeFly</a> to see all the destinations you can fly to from PHX.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/aviationNewsaviationAviation
Airport Employee Child Care Scholarship Launches to Support Workers https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/aviation/2434Aviation8/2/2022 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2434/1.jpgAirport Employee Child Care Scholarship Launches to Support Workers <div class="ExternalClass7D9FF7DB3C4C4D258C68CB035A934D65"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Today, the Aviation Department officially launched its City of Phoenix Airport Worker Child Care Scholarship Program to promote an added benefit for workers in the aviation industry, which has been challenged for more than two years by the COVID-19 pandemic.  </span></p> <p>The program was made possible through a $4 million investment by the Phoenix City Council, as part of the city's American Rescue Plan Act strategic plan. A focus of the ARPA strategic plan is to support people, neighborhoods and businesses struggling due to the unprecedented economic impacts they faced from COVID-19. The Airport Worker Child Care Scholarship Program targets the vital frontline workers who support the essential travel operations of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. </p> <p>“As a working mother, I know that ensuring your child has a vibrant, caring environment during the workday is paramount," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “This investment in our airport team members in need can be life-changing. By supporting workers, airport operations, business concessions, and families thrive."</p> <p>Scholarships are available to Phoenix Sky Harbor badged workers who meet certain income criteria, including Aviation Department employees, airline employees, concessions workers, and contractors who ensure “America's Friendliest Airport®" is up and running 24 hours a day. </p> <p>“Our airport is a vital part of the community and cannot function without the dedicated support of the many workers who keep it running," said District 5 Phoenix Councilwoman Betty Guardado. “The concessions workers who feed our passengers, the janitorial staff that keeps the airport clean, the airline workers who ensure you have a safe and comfortable flight – all of them are essential to Sky Harbor, and this child care scholarship helps to ensure that we have the best people working by recognizing their efforts." </p> <p>To manage the program, the Aviation Department has entered into an intergovernmental agreement with First Things First (FTF), the statewide organization tasked with expanding early education and family support programs for children from birth to 5-years-old. The Aviation Department program will use the established framework of FTF's Quality First scholarship program and child care quality improvement and rating system.</p> <p>“Now, staff at Sky Harbor International Airport will have safe, nurturing care settings to take their children while they work. In turn, their children will have access to quality early learning environments that will prepare them for success in kindergarten and beyond," said Melinda Gulick, CEO of First Things First. “We applaud the City of Phoenix for joining other local governments – like Tempe, Flagstaff and Pima County – in investing in quality child care to support both the workforce of today and the workforce of tomorrow." </p> <p>The City's scholarship program was developed in part to address the challenges of finding child care in areas around the airport. The area has few nearby options, so the program provides for participants to select a facility anywhere in Maricopa County that has met or exceeded the standards of First Things First's Quality First program (3-5 stars). </p> <p>“As a parent I know how challenging it can be to balance work with child care, but with the addition of this scholarship program we have a new opportunity to invest in the community and ensure that working at Sky Harbor isn't only one option among many, but rather an employment center of choice for our frontline workers," said District 8 Phoenix Councilmember Carlos Garcia, who represents the district where Phoenix Sky Harbor is located. “That is one of the best things we as a city can do."</p> <p>“With the continually rising cost of living; parents deserve to go to work knowing their kids have a safe, nurturing environment they can afford while they focus on providing a quality life for their families," District 7 Phoenix Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari said. “With this program, we are hoping it not only helps the employees currently serving our world-class airport that is now near pre-pandemic numbers, but we hope it also attracts new employees." </p> <p>As part of the scholarship program, The Valley of the Sun United Way – under contract with First Things First - will be managing the application process, including conducting eligibility verification for the program. Information on program eligibility criteria, how to find eligible child care facilities, the paperwork that is necessary to complete the application, and a link to the application portal is available at <a href="file:///C:/Users/056475/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/3250AU4W/www.vsuw.org/PHXSkyHarbor" target="_blank">www.vsuw.org/PHXSkyHarbor</a>. All applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, and will require all documentation to be complete to be processed.</p> <p>“As we work toward creating <a href="https://vsuw.org/mightychange" target="_blank">Mighty Change</a> throughout Maricopa County by 2026, we have seen firsthand the overwhelming need for help with child care costs as people return to work. Speaking with families and our early childhood partners, it's one of the greatest challenges people still face," said Rob Podlogar, chief community development and engagement officer at Valley of the Sun United Way. </p> <p>The addition of the child care scholarship program also positions Phoenix Sky Harbor to be one of few airports in the country offering this kind of benefit to not just city employees, but to any eligible badged worker. Because aviation-generated revenues must be reinvested in airport operations, the addition of ARPA funding made the program possible. </p> <p>“As an industry we have to showcase the value of an aviation career for every job in our organization," said Director of Aviation Services Chad Makovsky. “Particularly as we see passenger traffic rebounding from the pandemic, this scholarship program is a key means to ensure that we're ready to meet the challenges of not just the moment, but the future." </p> <p>For more information about the specific requirements of the program or to apply, visit <a href="http://www.vsuw.org/PHXSkyHarbor" target="_blank">www.vsuw.org/PHXSkyHarbor</a>. ​<br></p> <p> <strong>Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, </strong> <strong> <em>America's Friendliest Airport</em> </strong> <strong> <em> <sup>®</sup> </em> </strong> <strong> <em>,</em> </strong> <strong> </strong>has an annual economic impact of more than $38 billion. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately 1,200 aircraft and more than 125,000 passengers arrived at and departed from Sky Harbor every day. PHX Sky Harbor is funded with Airport revenue. No tax dollars are used to support the Airport.<br></p> <p> <strong>First Things First – </strong>First Things First is a voter-created, statewide organization that funds early education and health programs to help kids be successful once they enter kindergarten. Decisions about how those funds are spent are made by local councils staffed by community volunteers. To learn more, please visit<strong> </strong><a href="https://www.firstthingsfirst.org/" target="_blank"><strong>FirstThingsFirst.org</strong></a><strong>.</strong></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/aviationNewsaviationAviation
New Service Supports Sky Harbor Customers Who Are Blind or Have Low Visionhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/aviation/2417Aviation7/18/2022 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2417/AIRA Newsroom.jpgNew Service Supports Sky Harbor Customers Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision<div class="ExternalClass27A3632B9C3443678B993DD3644E6AC2"><html> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">PHOENIX – Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has added a new service to support customers who are blind or have low vision as they travel. This new service, called Aira, provides guidance through a mobile app to assist passengers with a variety of needs, including moving through crowds, avoiding obstacles, finding gates, using self-service kiosks and navigating through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints.<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br>“Aira is great addition. It offers a whole new level of assistance for passengers who are blind or have low vision and builds on Sky Harbor's ongoing efforts to be a welcoming place for all our residents and visitors," said Mayor Kate Gallego. "I'm proud to know that Phoenix Sky Harbor, America's Friendliest Airport</span> <strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <em> <sup>®</sup> </em> </strong> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">, continues to be a leader in airport accessibility experiences for all travelers."<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br>To provide this assistance, the Aira mobile app connects users with professionally trained visual </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">interpreters, who use live-streamed video to translate visual information into descriptive audio at the touch of a button, providing better efficiency, engagement and independence.<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br>“The addition of Aira service started with a constituent request to my office, asking to see how we could improve accessibility at Phoenix Sky Harbor," said Councilwoman Debra Stark, Chair of the city's Transportation, Infrastructure and Planning Subcommittee. “I'm proud that the Aviation team took this to heart, and made it happen. It's really a success story for their commitment to customer service."<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br>The Aira app is free to download and available in the Apple App and Google Play stores. While accessing the service for personal use can require a monthly subscription, Phoenix Sky Harbor will offer the service for free to users at the Airport.<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br>Phoenix Sky Harbor has partnered with the nonprofit Foundation for Blind Children to help </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">promote the addition of Aira service at the Airport. Airport experience tours are one of the </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">ways the Foundation helps their participants develop the skills needed to travel independently with confidence.<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br>“Our organization was founded to help people who are blind or visually impaired achieve greater independence, where vision loss is a diagnosis and not a disability" said Marc Ashton, Foundation for Blind Children Chief Executive Officer. “By making this commitment to, and investment in greater accessibility, Phoenix Sky Harbor is truly helping to advance that vision."<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br>In addition to Aira, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport offers a variety of tools and programs for people with disabilities. Most recently, the Airport implemented hearing loops in renovated areas of Terminal 3 and the newly-added Terminal 4 Eighth Concourse, to improve accessibility for hearing-aid users to airport announcements and the overhead paging system. Phoenix Sky Harbor also provides a sensory room for individuals with autism, dementia or other sensory-related conditions.<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br>"At Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, we're committed to providing all of our customers the best possible experience, which includes making sure accessibility is a top </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">priority," said Director of Aviation Services Chad Makovsky. “I hope that with the addition of Aira service, our passengers will be empowered to travel the way they want when they choose Sky Harbor."</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br>More information about the Airport's accessibility and assistance programs is available at </span> <a style="background-color:window;font-size:10pt;" href="https://www.skyharbor.com/beforetraveling/Accessibility" target="_blank">https://www.skyharbor.com/beforetraveling/Accessibility</a> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">.</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br> </span>​<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/aviationNewsaviationAviation
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Opens New Eighth Concourse at Terminal 4https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/aviation/2390Aviation6/17/2022 10:15:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2390/newsroom_aviation_085.jpgPhoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Opens New Eighth Concourse at Terminal 4<div class="ExternalClassB1BDDF8F3B654340A008AF193C7517C6"><html> <span style="font-size:17.3333px;"> <em>​Phoenix Mayor and Southwest Airlines CEO debut new concourse in Airport's busiest terminal</em> </span> <br style="font-size:17.3333px;"> <br>PHOENIX – Providing customers with world-class service and amenities are goals for America's Friendliest Airport®, and today, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is pleased to showcase the opening of its new eighth concourse. Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, members of the Phoenix City Council, other local leaders, and Southwest Airlines® leaders, arrived to the new concourse on the airline's Arizona One flagship aircraft where they cut a ribbon to debut the concourse. The concourse will be used by Southwest and will offer eight additional gates for the airline.<br> <br><a href="https://www.skyharbor.com/docs/default-source/pdfs/media/eighth-concourse-media-kit.pdf" target="_blank">Please see the media kit about this concourse​</a>.<br><br><a data-sf-ec-immutable="" target="_blank" href="https://youtu.be/_MlkuJCaahE">Watch a video from the event</a>.<br><br><img class="" style="margin:5px;width:399px;height:268px;vertical-align:baseline;" src="/aviationsite/MediaAssets/Mayor%20Kate%20Gallego.JPG" />“Phoenix Sky Harbor delivers a $38 billion annual economic impact, and the new concourse is filled with innovations and experiences that travelers will enjoy and remember," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “The design of the concourse emphasizes technology, sustainability, and accessibility. Phoenix is showcasing its future-forward progress in a way that matches its status as one of the world's busiest airports for passenger traffic."<br><br>“This is our next era in Phoenix, with new gates that bring a greatly improved experience for our Customers and Employees, and gives Southwest room to grow at Sky Harbor," said Bob Jordan, CEO, Southwest Airlines. “Our four-decade partnership with Phoenix continues evolving with larger spaces in the terminal, expanded Maintenance Hangar facility, and strengthening partnerships with local organizations that share our focus on driving economic, environmental, and social impact in Phoenix and across the state."<br> <br>The new, state-of-the-art eight gate concourse is solely occupied by Southwest Airlines. The 275,000 square foot space features a variety of customer amenities, including access to charging stations in every seat, an Animal Relief Area, Family Restroom, Nursing Room, and hearing loop connectivity which will allow those with hearing devices to connect to the PA system.<br> <br>Additionally, the concourse will feature new local shops and restaurants as well as a common use airport lounge. Local favorites Pedal Haus Brewery and Berry Divine – Acai Bowls will be in the new concourse as well as regional concepts like Bobby's Burgers and Eegee's as well as national chain Chick-Fil-A. Sip Coffee & Beer will also provide travelers with a number of local products from concepts such as Native Ground Coffee, Mother Road Brewing and Half Moon Empanadas. <br> <br>The retail shops will introduce not only national brands at the Uptown Phoenix shop and InMotion Entertainment, but also through a partnership, access to local products from Changing Hands Bookstores, Made Art Boutique and Melrose Pharmacy. AD Partnership will also be opening the Chase Sapphire Lounge by the Club. It will feature 3,500 square feet of space and provide travelers a specially curated menu with a focus on local items.<br> <br>The shops, restaurants, and lounge will be opening in the coming months, and in the meantime, customers will find food and beverage and retail kiosks.<br> <br><img style="margin:5px;width:494px;" src="/aviationsite/MediaAssets/Art%20by%20Susan%20Logoreci%201.JPG" />The new concourse also showcases the arts. In fact, Phoenix Sky Harbor is no stranger to art -with one of the largest Airport Museum Programs in the country as well as extensive art elements throughout the airport. This new concourse features the 12th terrazzo floor that artists have designed for the Airport's PHX Sky Train® system and terminal enhancements over the past 10 years. The immersive, art project consists of a 30' x 300' terrazzo floor and 28 2' x 3' airplane window shaped, terrazzo wall pieces called “Phoenix Lights, Phoenix Rising" designed by artist Susan Logoreci. The floor depicts aerial views of the Phoenix landscape. The new installation provides travelers to opportunity to pause and enjoy something special before or after their flight.<br> <br>The new concourse, which is applying for LEED Silver Certification, also has a number of sustainable elements. This includes 14,000 square feet of electrochromic glazing throughout the concourse. This intelligent technology provides various levels of tinting depending upon the level of sunlight at any given point during the day and not only helps to keep travelers comfortable, but to improve energy efficiency as well. <br> <br>“We are dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint and to environmental leadership," said Director of Aviation Services Chad Makovsky. “Sustainability is a focus in all of our operations, and especially with this project. We have diverted 95% of all construction waste from the landfills. A number of features throughout the facility are designed to reduce water use and conserve energy, and we even have incorporated a special ceiling design near the entrance of the concourse made of recycled plastic water bottles."<br> <br>This baffle ceiling called “The Diamondhead" is inspired by the Imperial Sand Dunes west of Yuma and helps to reduce noise levels and provide a quiet, stress-free environment for passengers.<br> <br>McCarthy Building Companies is the general contractor for the project. Other project enhancements include baggage system upgrades for the concourse as well as a connector bridge from the D concourse to the A concourse and consolidated security exit. This more easily helps passengers get between the north and south concourses post-security in Terminal 4.  The $310 million new Terminal 4 Eighth Concourse was paid for with airport revenue. No tax dollars were used.<br><br>The concourse will welcome its first arriving and departing flights and passengers on Monday, June 20.<br> <br><div style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"><strong>Quotes from Phoenix City Council</strong></span></div> <br>“I am thrilled to see Sky Harbor continue to develop with the addition of this eighth concourse at Terminal 4, and I am especially proud since airport expansion was a priority for my father, former U.S. Representative Ed Pastor," District 4 Vice Mayor Laura Pastor said. “Dad fought hard in Congress for funds to improve our airport years ago, and I know he would be pleased to see Sky Harbor continue to maintain its status as a worldwide hub for business and leisure travelers today."<br> <br>"Phoenix is fortunate to have a world-class airport that continues to expand and adapt to meet the needs of its customers," District 3 Councilwoman Debra Stark said. "I am excited for the opening of this eighth concourse, and the partnerships with local shops and restaurants that will give visitors a true taste of our great City."<br> <br>“As the fifth largest city in the United States, it is vital that our airport continues to grow to serve the needs of our thriving community," District 5 Councilwoman Betty Guardado said. “I am proud of our Aviation Department staff for all their work in bringing forward today's exciting terminal expansion!" <br> <br>“As the busiest terminal in Sky Harbor, I am pleased to see Terminal 4 get a new concourse to meet the ongoing needs of travelers," District 6 Councilman Sal DiCiccio said. “Plus, filling the space with local restaurants and shops solidifies Sky Harbor's reputation of providing world-class service and amenities, while supporting our local economy." <br> <br>“The eighth and newest concourse at Phoenix Sky Harbor will showcase the best of Phoenix: popular local businesses, national brands, and thoughtful amenities such as an animal relief area and nursing room," District 7 Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari said. “With this addition, our largest economic engine is on track to set new records and will have a great return on investment for our homegrown entrepreneurs and our entire city."<br> <br>Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, America's Friendliest Airport®, has an annual economic impact of more than $38 billion. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately 1,200 aircraft and more than 125,000 passengers arrived at and departed from Sky Harbor every day. PHX Sky Harbor is funded with airport revenue. No tax dollars are used to support the airport.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/aviationNewsaviationAviation
Phoenix Sky Harbor Offers Eight Travel Tips to Help You Travel this Memorial Day Weekendhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/aviation/2355Aviation5/25/2022 3:45:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2355/newsroom_aviation_084.jpgPhoenix Sky Harbor Offers Eight Travel Tips to Help You Travel this Memorial Day Weekend<div class="ExternalClass1DA97C1E9E9441B0900B78EAE1EA804D"><html> <span style="font-size:17.3333px;"> <em>​Read through our helpful travel tips to avoid any last-minute hiccups</em> </span> <br style="font-size:17.3333px;"> <br>PHOENIX – This summer, the travel season rebounds as industry experts predict more Americans will travel this summer than at any time since the start of the pandemic. <br><br>Passenger counts continue to increase across the nation as people begin leisurely traveling again. And with the Memorial Day weekend approaching, Phoenix Sky Harbor is expecting to see an increase in passengers, nearly back to pre-pandemic levels.<br> <br><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><img style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:133px;vertical-align:baseline;" class="" src="/aviationsite/MediaAssets/Passenger%20View_Media.jpg" /><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span>Travelers can expect continued <a href="https://www.skyharbor.com/BeforeTraveling/health-information" target="_blank">safety protocols</a>. Though masks are no longer mandated for travel, the CDC recommends mask-wearing while traveling. Phoenix Sky Harbor will have face coverings and other PPE items are available for purchase at airport shops and PPE vending machines. Hand-sanitizing stations are still available and other contactless processes will still be followed.<br> <br>Here are a few tips from <strong><em>America's Friendliest Airport</em>® </strong>to help ease the stress of passengers returning to the sky. <br><br><ul><li><strong>Tip #1 – Pack a face covering and other personal protective equipment (PPE) such as hand sanitizer. </strong>The Federal Mask Mandate has been lifted; however, the CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks while flying to ensure the safety and well-being of the traveling public, and to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Some airlines may still require travelers to wear a mask. Check with your airline for specific requirements.<br></li><li><strong>Tip #2 – Traveling internationally? Check your destination's entry requirements. </strong>Some destinations may require a negative COVID-19 test for entry. COVID-19 testing is offered pre-security in Terminal 4 at Treat. The U.S. still also requires a negative test when returning on an international flight. Be sure to check with your airline and destination for specific information.<br></li><li><strong>Tip #3– Reserve your parking in advance. </strong>Enjoy the convenience of <a href="https://www.skyharbor.com/ParkingTransportation/parking" target="_blank">Sky Harbor Discount Parking</a> and save money while reserving your spot at any of our parking facilities.<br></li><li><strong>Tip #4 – Double-check what's in your bags. </strong>Make sure to look through your bags and review the <a href="http://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring" target="_blank">TSA Prohibited Items List</a> the night before your flight.<br></li><li><strong>Tip #5 – Check the flight status with the airline before coming to the airport to catch a flight or to pick-up/drop-off loved ones. </strong>Flight status can be checked on the airline's website or at skyharbor.com.<br></li><li><strong>Tip #6 – Give yourself extra time. Arrive early and check security wait times online. </strong>If you are traveling domestically, arrive two hours before your flight, three hours if you are traveling internationally. Travelers can also check current TSA security checkpoint wait times on the homepage of <a href="https://www.skyharbor.com/" target="_blank">skyharbor.com</a> and on the flight information screens in the Airport once they arrive. Traveling in Terminal 4? You can use any security checkpoint to access your gate.<br></li><li><strong>Tip #7 – Reduce your time in the security checkpoint line. </strong>Our PHX RESERVE program allows you to save your space and reduce the wait. Make a reservation up to three days before your flight departs. You'll be provided with a time to enter a designated checkpoint lane where you'll begin the standard security process. This program is open to travelers of any airline, though if you have TSA PreCheck, it's recommended you use the TSA PreCheck Program. <a href="https://www.skyharbor.com/beforetraveling/security" target="_blank">Learn more</a>.<br></li><li><strong>Tip #8 – Reserve your rental car in advance. </strong>No matter where you are traveling, it's always a good idea to reserve your rental car in advance as vehicles may be limited for walk-up customers.</li></ul><br><strong>Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, <em>America's Friendliest Airport</em>®</strong>, has an annual economic impact of more than $38 billion. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately 1,200 aircraft and more than 125,000 passengers arrived at and departed from Sky Harbor every day. PHX Sky Harbor is funded with airport revenue. No tax dollars are used to support the airport.<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/aviationNewsaviationAviation
Council OKs Airport Project Funded in Bipartisan Infrastructure Lawhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/aviation/2316Aviation4/20/2022 10:40:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2316/newsroom_aviation_083.jpgCouncil OKs Airport Project Funded in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law<div class="ExternalClassAC4CCE3C16624973901DAAE9F6075134"><html> <span style="font-size:17.3333px;">​Sky Harbor first in City of Phoenix to benefit from this Federal funding</span> <br style="font-size:17.3333px;"> <br>PHOENIX – Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is home to the first City of Phoenix project to benefit from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed late last year by Congress, starting with construction of a long-awaited cross-field taxiway connecting the north and south airfields. The taxiway project was approved April 20th by the Phoenix City Council.<br><br>Estimated to cost $260 million, the 2,000-foot taxiway will join the north and south airfields on the west end of the airport, allowing for better aircraft flow for airfield operations. Design has begun on the project and Federal environmental approvals are expected late this summer. Approximately $194 million is anticipated to come from monies set aside by the infrastructure package with the balance being paid from Passenger Facility Charges and airport revenues.<br><br>“This airfield project is another step in connecting Phoenix to the world. As one of the first projects for the city identified for delivery under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, this new taxiway will reduce aircraft taxi time, improve utilization of all runways, and add capacity for our airline partners," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Infrastructure investments like this make our city even more attractive to the global aviation industry including travelers using Sky Harbor."<br><br>The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will also set aside $5 billion over five years in competitive grants for airport terminal projects, along with other competitive grant opportunities for projects that promote sustainability. Some possible projects to support Phoenix Sky Harbor's increasing passenger traffic could include: A second north concourse at Terminal 3, a pedestrian bridge between Terminals 3 and 4, infrastructure improvements at Terminal 4, upgrades to garage lighting, new solar installations, and replacement of fleet vehicles with electric vehicles.<br><br><strong>Quotes from Phoenix City Council</strong><br><br>“When we improve aircraft flow for Sky Harbor, we increase opportunities for our airport around the world – both in business and leisure travel. As a member of our Council's Transportation, Infrastructure and Planning Subcommittee, I am consistently looking for opportunities to boost Phoenix's global connec​tivity, and this new taxiway will do just that." <br><strong>District 4 Vice Mayor Laura Pastor</strong><br><br>“This is an important infrastructure investment, and I am proud to see Sky Harbor become the first in our City to benefit from this federal funding. As one of the world's busiest airports, it's high time we bring in this cross-field taxiway and improve aircraft flow."<br><strong>District 6 Councilman Sal DiCiccio</strong><br><br>“Sky Harbor is the world's doorway to our great city, and I am excited to further enhance that entrance point with this new taxiway. Not only that, but I look forward to supporting the future projects coming from this federal funding. Improvements to our airport are improvements to our whole city."<br><strong>District 8 Councilmember Carlos Garcia</strong><br><br><strong>Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, <em>America's Friendliest Airport®</em></strong>, has an annual economic impact of more than $38 billion. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately 1,200 aircraft and more than 125,000 passengers arrived at and departed from Sky Harbor every day. PHX Sky Harbor is funded with airport revenue. No tax dollars are used to support the airport.​<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/aviationNewsaviationAviation
Phoenix Sky Harbor Maintains High Bond Ratingshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/aviation/2292Aviation3/29/2022 7:20:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2292/newsroom_aviation_082.jpgPhoenix Sky Harbor Maintains High Bond Ratings<div class="ExternalClassDB91AEBCE3824CA4A498C1D7051D1AA1"><html> <h3>​Moody's affirms stable outlook on senior, junior lien revenue bonds</h3> <br>Moody's Investors Service cited strong economic conditions and a robust tourism market in affirming an Aa3 rating to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport's senior lien bonds and an A1 rating on junior lien bonds.<br><br>Moody's noted passenger traffic in the months leading up to January 2022 was 92% of traffic in 2019, well above the national average of 80%. Statistics released March 28 showed February passenger numbers continued to approach pre-pandemic levels when more than 3.28 million passengers—just 7.4% less than 2019—traveled through Sky Harbor.<br><br>The ratings also reflect strong management, which has successfully delivered a capital improvement plan on schedule and budget over the last decade of elevated capital spending.<br><br>“Phoenix Sky Harbor is a strong economic engine, and its health and outlook is a point of pride and an excellent indicator of how we can recover from the pandemic," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego.<br><br>A high bond rating means the airport has access to lower interest rates when it sells bonds for airport improvements and modernization projects.  Phoenix Sky Harbor is currently finishing the extension of the PHX Sky Train® to the Rental Car Center and construction of the eighth concourse at Terminal 4, which will be occupied by Southwest Airlines. The Moody's ratings reflect the airport's ability to move forward with the capital plan while maintaining competitive airline costs.<br><strong><br>Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, America's Friendliest Airport®</strong>, has an annual economic impact of more than $38 billion. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately 1,200 aircraft and more than 125,000 passengers arrived at and departed from Sky Harbor every day. PHX Sky Harbor is funded with airport revenue. No tax dollars are used to support the airport.<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/aviationNewsaviationAviation
Condor Airlines Returning to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airporthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/aviation/2289Aviation3/28/2022 9:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2289/newsroom_aviation_081.jpgCondor Airlines Returning to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport<div class="ExternalClass3853FE3DC706463A965AA741923FC8C6"><html>​After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport looks forward to welcoming Condor Airlines back to Phoenix. Beginning May 21, Condor Airlines will resume its nonstop Phoenix-Frankfurt flight. The service will operate two days a week from May through September.<br><div style="text-align:left;"><img class="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:266px;vertical-align:baseline;" src="/aviationsite/MediaAssets/Condor%20Airlines.jpg" />Condor, which began nonstop seasonal service from Phoenix in May 2018, saw strong demand in 2018 and 2019 prior to the onset of the pandemic.</div><br>“Condor's return to Phoenix continues an important return to travel and we look forward to welcoming more international visitors," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Direct, non-stop flights to Frankfurt offer our community more access and easy connections to Europe. This flight adds a vital boost to our economy as international flights to Phoenix bring in approximately $3 billion each year."<br><br>Condor Airlines will operate the flight with a Boeing 767-300ERaThis aircraft features more than 250 seats. All passengers will receive complimentary checked baggage, beverages, meals, and in-flight entertainment at each seat. At least 18 seats in Business Class feature comfortable and adjustable reclining seats, a 15" personal in-seat premium entertainment system, power and USB ports, and gourmet meals with complimentary beer, wine and cocktails.<br><br>Flights will run on Thursdays and Saturdays. The Frankfurt flight will depart at 3:30 p.m. and arrive in Phoenix at 6:35 p.m. The Phoenix flight will depart at 8:45 p.m. and arrive in Frankfurt at 4:50 p.m. the next day.  The flights will provide both leisure and business travelers a convenient option to getting to and from Europe. Those looking to connect to other European destinations will find Condor offers convenient connections to get to numerous destinations across Europe.<br><br>The return of service to Frankfurt is in addition to British Airways returning its nonstop London Heathrow flights. American Airlines will resume its nonstop London flight in April. For more information on all the places you can travel from America's Friendliest Airport®, please visit <a href="https://www.skyharbor.com/flights/WhereWeFly" target="_blank">https://www.skyharbor.com/flights/WhereWeFly</a><br><br>Condor's flight can be booked online at <a href="http://www.condor.com/" target="_blank">www.condor.com</a> or by telephone 1‐866‐960‐7915.<br><br><br><h3>Quotes from Phoenix City Council</h3><br>“I am thrilled to welcome back Condor direct flights from Phoenix to Frankfurt! This service is important for both vacation and business travelers and shows the demand and opportunities to expand Phoenix's global connectivity."<br><strong>Vice Mayor Laura Pastor, District 4</strong><br><br><br><br>“It's great to see the return of direct service between Phoenix and Frankfurt. Phoenix's partnership with Condor Airlines will not only continue to infuse millions of new dollars into our local economy, but also provides residents more travel options for business and pleasure."<br> <strong>Councilman Sal DiCiccio, District 6</strong><br><br><br><br>“As a global city, it is essential that we are connected more than ever to our friends around the world. From adding new direct, international flights to bringing back flights that were missing during the pandemic, America's Friendliest Airport is back to providing the top-tier service and destinations it has become known for. I'm thrilled to see the return of direct flights to Frankfurt and look forward to even more route options."<br> <strong>Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari, District 7</strong><br><br><br>“The return of direct flights to Frankfurt is an important step for our community as we work to return to pre-pandemic life. It not only shows that international flights are still in demand here in Phoenix, but it benefits our city's economy by bringing in additional business and visitors."<br> Councilmember Carlos Garcia, District 8<br><br><br><strong>Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, America's Friendliest Airport®</strong>, has an annual economic impact of more than $38 billion. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately 1,200 aircraft and more than 125,000 passengers arrived at and departed from Sky Harbor every day. PHX Sky Harbor is funded with airport revenue. No tax dollars are used to support the airport.<br><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/aviationNewsaviationAviation

 

 

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