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Planning Ahead Key to Kicking Off Thanksgiving Travel

Nov 15, 2017, 09:53 AM by Public Relations
Take the free PHX Sky TrainĀ® to avoid the road congestion

PHOENIX – It’s time to start planning holiday travel and for travelers flying someplace this Thanksgiving, we have some handy tips for navigating America’s Friendliest Airport®.

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Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year – not just in the skies but on roads around the airport. Folks who are picking up or dropping off family and friends can avoid the congestion on airport roadways and outside terminals by taking advantage of the 44th Street PHX Sky Train® Station. Past travelers have said that this option is the ideal way to bypass hectic traffic and access the airport during holiday travel.

The 44th Street PHX Sky Train® Station is centrally located on the southwest corner of 44th and Washington streets, and can easily be reached from highways, major streets and Valley Metro Rail. It features a Cell Phone Waiting Lot and it provides easy access to all airport terminals via the free PHX Sky Train®.

Here are some additional travel tips for travelers:

  • Confirm flight status with airlines before heading to the airport, then give yourself plenty of time. Arrive at the airport at least two hours before your flight departs if you are flying domestically, three hours if you are flying internationally.


  • Drivers should watch freeway signs for airport traffic updates and recommended alternate routes, and they should watch their speed and keep an eye out for officers directing traffic once at Sky Harbor. Expect busy roadways.


  • If you plan to park at the airport, take advantage of Prepaid Discount Parking: Go to to book online and prepay for lower rates at all three terminal garages and the popular East Economy Parking. Also available is Valet Parking at Terminal 4 (


  • 2017_Holiday_CatalogGet an early start on holiday shopping by browsing our new Holiday Catalog! From snacks to jewelry to gifts for the kids, the Holiday Catalog features lots of locally made goods from some of your favorite Phoenix-area artisans. Treat your loved ones to some Arizona this holiday season!


  • Once you’re checked in, indulge yourself with something from our shops and restaurants. Sky Harbor is known for its excellent varierty of eateries and retail options. Visit to find out what is close to your gate or look on our Interactive Directories in Terminal 4 for directions.

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Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, America’s Friendliest Airport®, has an annual economic impact of more than $38 billion. Every day approximately 1,200 aircraft and more than 120,000 passengers arrive and depart at Sky Harbor. PHX Sky Harbor is funded with Airport revenue. No tax dollars are used to support the Airport.