how's it going? the south extension to terminal 4 @ sky harbor, will be for SWA. jetblue will use the vacant aloha gate on the south end of terminal 3. aloha will no longer fly into/out of sky harbor.
yes, sky harbor is dominated by SWA & AWA. SWA @ PHX
is # 2, just behind LAS
in depature/arrivals. of course, AWA & Mesa have large operations.
also, US airways will not offer the PHX
redeye (#174), just the two flights (am & pm).
in terms of airport design, terminal 4 is boring!! terminal 3 is much nicer. plus, they have Wendy's on the north side (delta,NWA & frontier), with a full 99 cent menu & street prices. sadly, ticketed passengers, UM
parent/relative or SIDA badged employees only. I believe the COP (city of PHX
), set this up selfishly! why not place wnedy's out in the main area for the AA
& ATA passengers, their side blows!
i try very hard not to support the HMS HOST eating places (everything inside security). they have incredibly rude employees,who haven't the slightest idea about customer service. BK is the best example, they added the "berlin wall", so that you can't communicate with, nor see the workers. however, you sure hear them bitch & whine!
the A side security checkpoint is incredibly in-efficient & confusing! plus, i really feel for our passengers.. good luck finding your way to baggage claim, when you exit the A side concourse. the former path to baggage claim is now the TSA
security screening checkpoint.
a tip: when you get to the top of the exit (left of TSA
checkpoint), turn left & take the elevator down to level 1. the stairs staright ahead, take you to level 2 (ticket counters) not baggage claim! the escalators are on the right-hand side, but you have to walk all the way around. thank you City of Phoenix aviation geniuses & civil engineering morons! if you are curious what the A side used to flow & look like, go through the B or C side TSA
as an america west ramper, i loathe terminal 4, it reminds me of some drab communist block era building, devoid of all originality & inspiration. simply hideous!
the only acceptable & decent terminal 4 eatery is Oaxaca mexican, level 3 center of terminal 4. my favorite is a chicken burrito "enchilada style" w/ a side of "guac." go figure, nice & friendly employees, un-affiliated with the HMS Host monopoly. if you have time, pick-up before you clear TSA
my vote is for PIT
. 20 years later, still a simple & efficient design. the airside terminal is far & beyond most airports. a core area with retail priced stores & tons of eateries, with street prices. plus, free wi-fi (802.11b) in the food court area. provided by the Port Authority Of Allegheny County. besides, kids love the people mover, between landside & airside terminals.