Pet Friendly Airport Series - An Introduction to Phoenix Sky Harbor International

Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) is an airport with a rich history and an independent personality, so it's no surprise that they've hopped on board the pet-friendly movement with dedication and style.

Sky Harbor was dedicated in 1935 (meaning it recently celebrated its 75th anniversary) and has since become one of the top ten busiest airports in the country. They currently offer three pet relief areas known as The Boneyard, The Paw Pad and The Pet Patch. Many pet travelers have enjoyed these features; as we've previously discussed, the chance to take a break from the stresses of traveling can make all the difference.

Before we get into the pet friendly details of this airport (the third to be featured in our Pet Friendly Airport Series), here's a little fun history and a few facts about Phoenix Sky Harbor.

-Sky Harbor became a destination in itself in the 1930s, when Arizona's marriage laws differed from many other states by not requiring a three-day waiting period. Offering the allure of quick weddings, a chapel built near the airport soon became a popular place for jetsetting couples looking to tie the knot in a hurry.

-PHX was purchased by the city of Phoenix in 1935 for $100,000.

-There are over 30,000 parking spaces at the airport.

-Phoenix Sky Harbor calls itself "America's Friendliest Airport."

-More than 1,200 aircraft and 100,000 passengers arrive and depart on a typical day at PHX.

-Unlike many airports, Phoenix Sky Harbor International offers free Wi-Fi in all terminals and in restaurant and gate areas.

-PHX is home to various exhibits and features art displays as well as a 1917 World War I plane.'s Pet Friendly Airport Spotlight series features a few airports with noteworthy pet relief areas. These Spotlights will highlight one airport each week, Monday through Thursday, through the month of November. We'll take a look at the various aspects of the pet areas, including the amenities offered and their general accessibility. For a look at the rest of our Airport Spotlight series, check out the Airport Spotlight page or on Twitter as #PetReloAS.


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