Transportation Archives

Phoenix Sky Harbor will offer nonstop flights to Frankfurt, Germany

As a result of tireless efforts by the Phoenix Mayor and Council, Phoenix Sky Harbor will soon offer nonstop flights between Phoenix and Frankfurt, Germany. Condor Airlines, part of the Thomas Cook Group, will fly on Mondays and Fridays from next May through September between Phoenix Sky Harbor and the Frankfurt Airport.  The Phoenix City… Read More →

TSA, American Airlines test new screening technology at Sky Harbor

For the first time ever, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), working collaboratively with American Airlines, is testing a computed tomography (CT) scanner in one checkpoint lane of Terminal 4 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). CT checkpoint scanning equipment aims to enhance threat detection capabilities by providing a 3-D image that can be viewed… Read More →

Paving the way for CANAMEX, highway of the future

Imagine a road trip in 2030 on a super interstate highway that stretches from Arizonas border with Mexico to the U.S.-Canada border in Montana. And it wont be just a road on which you drive your car, but an economic investment to the communities through which is passes. Ian Dowdy, director of the Sun Corridor… Read More →

Sky Harbor speeds up travel process with mobile passport app

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the latest airport to add Mobile Passport Control from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to help speed travelers through the U.S. arrival process. The Mobile Passport app, which is a joint effort by the Airports Council International (ACI) and CBP, is free and will allow U.S. citizens and… Read More →

2nd British Airways flight begins May 8 at Sky Harbor

Beginning May 8, travelers will have an additional option for flying nonstop to London and making connecting flights across Europe. During the months of May and June, three days per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, a second British Airways flight to London will arrive at 12:25 in the afternoon and take off at about… Read More →

Roads across Arizona experience growing pains

Mayor Sandy Moriarty is used to getting these messages: frustrated emails from residents blaming Sedona’s traffic problems on tourists, asking the city to stop marketing to them. Occasionally, she’ll pick up an angry call with similar exasperated “rants.” This small town of 10,000 people attracts 2.8 million annual visitors, according to Arizona Department of Transportation… Read More →

Valley Metro chief: Federal cuts threaten light rail, trolley projects

Valley Metro Light Rail

Transportation Department budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration could threaten Valley rail projects in which the federal government has already invested $75 million, the head of Valley Metro said Wednesday. CEO Scott Smith joined other public transit officials who said the proposed cuts could also hobble the economic development that often accompanies investments in… Read More →

How transportation investment helped the East Valley flourish

Tempe town lake at dusk

In the past, Valley residents would drive their own personal vehicles on the very limited number of freeways available to them. Now, anyone can get anywhere quickly with the enhancements of freeways, bus systems, on-demand services, the light rail and much more. The evolution of transportation in the PHX East Valley has helped drive the… Read More →

Report: Airline quality best in years, but Sky Harbor carriers lag

Airline quality at Sky Harbor

Airlines performed better last year than they had for almost the last three decades, according to an annual report on airline quality released Monday. The 2017 Airline Quality Rating report, an annual report by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott and Wichita State University, showed slight increases across the board in performance measures: mishandled baggage, consumer… Read More →

UA researchers will study airport safety

Phoenix Airport - AZRE Magazine January/February 2012

Air travel has increased the potential for international transmission of infectious diseases. As increasing numbers of people travel by air, the potential risk of introduction and spread of infectious diseases by travelers is on the rise. The University of Arizona Regulatory Science Program has been awarded a contract from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering,… Read More →

Southwest Airlines to invest $40M in Arizona

Southwest Airlines announced plans Wednesday to boost its presence at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport along with plans for a $40 million investment to expand its maintenance facility at the airport. The Dallas-based airline committed to occupying a future eight-gate concourse at Terminal 4. The announcement was made by Southwest Airline’s President Tom Nealon with Phoenix Mayor… Read More →

Number of guns seized at Sky Harbor continues to grow

Transportation Security Administration officers at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport have confiscated at least 13 guns since the first of the year, most of them loaded, at security checkpoints. That puts Sky Harbor on pace to match or surpass the 101 seizures last year, when the airport ranked fourth in the nation for confiscated firearms.… Read More →

Mesa Airlines expands partnership with United Airlines

Mesa Airlines

Mesa Airlines Inc. is expanding its partnership with United Airlines with the addition of 12 new Embraer 175 aircraft. The delivery of the 12 additional aircraft is scheduled to begin in May 2017 and will create more than 500 new jobs, according to Mesa Airlines. These aircraft will bring Mesa’s E175 fleet count to 60 and the… Read More →

New ASU center to research future of transportation

Arizona State University has been named the lead institution for a new U.S. Department of Transportation Tier 1 University Transportation Center that plans to focus on improving regional travel demand forecasting. ASU will have a new research center that will work with the U.S. Department of Transportation on improving regional and local transportation systems. Through… Read More →