Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) Phoenix Reviews
PHX - AMS - PHX through Sky Harbor Nov 26, 2009
In January, I traveled to Amsterdam through Sky Harbor International Airport. I took the Arizona Shuttle from Tucson to Phoenix as early as 7:00 a.m. even though my flight was not scheduled to leave until 13:00 hours. I really do not like waking up early since I'm a night person. Nonetheless I settled for the early morning shuttle since the later options would not suit my departure of 12:59 p.m. Mountain Time. As we drove past chandler towards sky harbor, my only worry was how cold it was going to be in Amsterdam: It had been 5 years since I last traveled to Europe in Winter. My friend Toon had kindly advised that I go shopping for warm clothing at a ski shop since it would be the best option seeing as I live Desert Climate. The night before I had diligently packed anything that was twice the ordinary warmth not to mention all the long sleeved tops that would act as layers against the mean cold. My bag weighed a perfect 25 lbs, the required weight.
The shuttle dropped me off first at terminal 4: the International Flights Terminal. I headed straight to the check-in counter and was greeted by a pleasant US Airways associate who checked my bags in and advised me of my departure gate and sent me on my way. I went upstairs to the lounge and decided to have an early lunch at the Shanghai restaurant. I wrote a few blogs while I was at it leaving me plenty of time to go through security fifty minutes before departure. The flight to Philadelphia was delayed 20 minutes. Sky Harbor is a great, friendly and inviting airport with FREE Wifi for it's passengers.
It has 4 Termnials with one International terminal. Parking at Sky Harbor can be costly if you use their garage (something I avoided on this travel since I would be gone for 6 days). Inside the parking garage, parking is $25 a night and outside is $8 a night (none of which I was willing to pay).
Most hotels in the Phoenix area have shuttle buses, I advise you use one if you live in Phoenix, on one occassion I actually parked at the Marriott hotel and used their shuttle to and from on a weekend trip to California (ofcourse you have to ask the hotel if it is ok to pack your car there).
For someone who lives in a low cost town like Tucson, Phoenix is a little costly. My coffee costs an extra dollar on average, not too bad, but if you have to buy a burger king meal for $8 versus $6 in Tucson, you notice the difference. But then again, everything at an airport is alittle pricey, they know you have to buy or leave without. That being siad, Sky Harbor is a clean airport, cleaner than any other airports I have transited through.
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