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Phoenix Sky Harbor to Close One of Three Runways Oct. 6–Nov. 6

by Public Relations | Published On: Sep 20, 2016 | Last Updated: 

Flight Delays Are Possible During Peak Hours

PHOENIX, AZ – Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport will close its north runway (Runway 8/26) Thursday Oct. 6 – Sunday Nov. 6 for several construction and maintenance projects.

What do travelers need to know?
The north runway is one of three at Phoenix Sky Harbor. Arrival and departure delays of up to 30 minutes are possible during peak travel times: 7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Passengers who have tight connections should contact their airline if they are concerned about having enough time to transfer between flights.  Additionally, passengers and those picking up passengers should check flight status with their airline before coming to the airport.

What projects will be completed as a result of this closure?
The primary reason for the closure is to run additional power from an APS substation north of the Airport all the way to Terminal 3. Workers will need to remove concrete from the north runway, install a duct bank, and then re-pave that section of runway. This is necessary for the Terminal 3 modernization project, which will provide a more efficient and consolidated security checkpoint, more space for passengers and state-of-the-art technology systems.

While the runway is closed for that project, the Airport will conduct additional maintenance such as: replacing concrete on the sections of runway where most landings occur; upgrading lighting to LED; striping and pavement maintenance.

The project is being funded with Airport revenue. No tax dollars are used to operate or maintain Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Other information
Because of the closure of the north runway, air traffic will be concentrated on the Airport’s two south runways. Residents living directly east and west of the airport’s center and south runways may notice increased activity on certain flight paths during these 31 days.

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