Best Additions to the New Sky Harbor Concourse
Sky Harbor Airport is one of the busiest airports in the country, and it’s about to get even busier. Luckily, the addition of a new concourse that opened in June 2022 helps to alleviate some of the congestion.
The new concourse adds eight additional gates, which will help accommodate the increased airport traffic. With these new gates, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport now has 114 gates total!
Along with the eight new gates comes 275,000 new square feet to serve Southwest Airlines customers! But this isn’t the only exciting space addition—there’s also 130,000 new square feet of dining and retail options.
Baggage handling upgrades
This is another addition that will help to make Sky Harbor even more efficient. The new baggage handling system spans about 1.5 miles in conveyor belts across four underground tunnels. These tunnels are responsible for efficiently taking your luggage from the ticket counter to TSA for screening before they head to another concourse.
The new concourse also capitalizes on the incredible views of the Phoenix landscape you can get from the Sky Harbor airport. Passengers can see South Mountain Park when they look south as well as the Air National Guard 161st Refueling Wing.
But they didn’t stop there—there is 14,000 square feet of electrochromic glazing, intelligent glass that improves energy efficiency and views! In addition, it boasts “View Smart” technology which relies on artificial intelligence to automatically adjust to the sun, shielding passengers from heat and glare.
(Read about how to prevent a missed flight out of a Phoenix airport in this post)
Of course, the new concourse at Sky Harbor Airport comes with all kinds of exciting new amenities too!
As they explain in their media kit for the concourse:
“The “Amenities Zone” includes a nursing room, family restroom, Animal Relief Area, vending and ATM machines. The new concourse also features other customer amenities like access to charging stations in every seat, “tech” tables providing workspace with charging stations and hearing loop incorporated in all hold rooms. Each gate hold rooms has seating for 125.”
Restaurants and shops
A variety of new restaurants and retail spots are being added to the concourse throughout the rest of 2022 and into 2023. However, until they are complete, passengers can shop and dine at various retail and food kiosks throughout the concourse.
There will also be a common-use lounge in the Eight Concourse known as The Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club. It has 3,500 square feet of prime space for passengers to relax, eat, or catch up on work while they wait for their flight.
According to the media kit: “The lounge will be open to travelers of all airlines, and access will be available to Chase Sapphire Reserve cardmembers, as well as Members of Priority Pass or by purchasing a day pass.”
Passengers can also browse a selection of shops in the new concourse. So whether they want to buy souvenirs and local merchandise, electronics, books, or travel accessories, passengers will find what they’re looking for in the new shops on the Eight Concourse!
Transportation to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport
Are you flying in or out of Sky Harbor Airport any time soon? Then be sure to book your ride with All Valley Transportation in advance. We’ll ensure you get to or from the airport on time and without hassle. And you don’t have to pay for increasingly expensive airport parking!
Not to mention, when you rely on private airport transportation, you don’t have to worry about parking at Sky Harbor. We’ll take care of everything, so you can focus on your travel plans.
Learn more about why you should book your airport transportation in advance in this post.
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