I spent a lot of time in airports last week. Here are some facts about Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix:
- Sky Harbor Airport is celebrating its 75th anniversary. It was purchased by the city of Phoenix from the Acme (yes, ACME) Investment Company for $100,000 in 1935 and nicknamed “The Farm” because it was so isolated from everything. The City paid $35,300 in cash and took out a $64,700 mortgage.
- On November 11, 1935, the City held a dedication for Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Dignitaries spoke, an aerial circus performed, and a dinner dance was held at the Westward Ho to celebrate.
- During the 1930's couples used to fly into Sky Harbor and go to the chapel that was in close proximity to the original terminal because Arizona was one of the few states that did not require a three day waiting period to get married.
- There are 3 Terminals: 2, 3, and 4. Terminal 4 opened in 1990 to replace Terminal 1. Terminal 1 was demolished in 1991. The Terminals were never renumbered. (This is my very favorite fact.)
- Under construction is a Sky Train that will transport travelers between the METRO light rail, east economy parking and Terminal 4, which serves 80 percent of Sky Harbor’s passengers. It will be completed in 2013.
- Construction will continue through the Airport all the way to the Rental Car Center and will be up and running in 2020.
- Sky Harbor has three runways: North Runway - designated 8/26 is 11,490 feet long and 150 feet wide; field elevation 1,117.9. Center; Runway - designated 7L/25R is 10,300 feet long and 150 feet wide; field elevation 1,118.3. South; Runway - designated 7R/25L is 7,800 feet long and 150 feet wide; field elevation 1,115.7.
- Today, Sky Harbor Airport is one of the ten busiest airports in the U.S.
- On a typical day more than 1,200 aircraft arrive and depart, more than 100,000 passengers arrive and depart and more than 600 tons of air cargo is handled.