Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Celebrating 75 Years

[Source: City of Phoenix Press Release]

If you visit Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport today (October 7), you may find yourself in the middle of a birthday party. The Airport is celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Sky Harbor. In 1935, Phoenix paid $100,000 for the Airport, located so far from the city, residents nicknamed it “The Farm.” Now, Sky Harbor is conveniently located in the middle of the Phoenix Metropolitan area and serves nearly 38 million passengers a year.

Employees will be serving cake and singing “Happy Birthday to Sky Harbor” in all three terminals at various times of the day as early as 6am. Visitors who hear the singing are welcome to join the celebration and enjoy a piece of cake. Also, Sky Harbor will open a museum exhibition in Terminal 3, level 2 near Starbucks celebrating “75 Years of Nonstop Service.” The exhibition will feature memorabilia, photos and four separate videos on Sky Harbor’s history. The Airport has also created a special 75th Anniversary section on its website,, which features historic photos, videotaped interviews with longtime employees and fun facts about Sky Harbor through the years.

“Sky Harbor is celebrating its rich history, exciting future and the generations of dedicated employees who have made this airport a success,” said Phoenix Aviation Director Danny Murphy. “And with the leadership of our Board, Mayor and City Council, we are looking toward a very bright future.”

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