Phoenix Sky Harbor Named Best Airport for Shopping
PHOENIX – America’s Friendliest Airport® has been named the Best Airport for Shopping in USA Today’s 10Best Travel Contest. Earlier this year, Airport Experience News nominated 15 airports with stand-out retail programs that provided travelers with a variety of shopping items both before and after security. From late December through late January, interested individuals cast their votes on-line for their favorite airport for shopping.
Phoenix Sky Harbor came in first among airports across the U.S. Phoenix Sky Harbor has a strong retail program with a variety of nationally-recognized brands as well as local products. In fact, in 2018, the Airport brought 35 new retail locations to its busiest terminal, Terminal 4, as well as two new post-security spa locations, and US Careways Urgent Care, an airport medical clinic with a doctor on staff and a drug store.
When visiting Sky Harbor, travelers will recognize national brands like Tumi and Lucky Break, and are delighted to find offerings at local retailers such as Roosevelt Row and Bunky Boutique. And, in conjunction with the opening of a new South Concourse and post-security lobby area at the modernized Terminal 3, travelers will find many options including: Johnston and Murphy, which sells men’s and women’s apparel; Sugarfina, which offers a variety of artisan candies; and local operator Travel Outfitters, which features functional and stylish luggage and travel accessories.
Additionally, Phoenix Sky Harbor’s concessions program took home honors in three other categories. Bunky Boutique, which sells attire, eclectic jewelry, knickknacks and home décor items, received second place honors for Best Airport Shop for Local Merchandise. This shop combines local brands and creativity to create a perfect blend of hip, innovative, and unique fashion that is perfect for both locals and travelers alike. Bunky Boutique is located pre-security in Terminal 4.
Another Terminal 4 store, AZCentral.com, located near Gates B1-B14, came in fifth for Best Airport/Newsstand/Travel Essential. AZCentral.com offers periodicals, books, and last minute travel needs as well as local products, attire, candles and craft beer and wine.
And, America’s Friendliest Airport®, which is also known for its award-winning dining options, adds another honor to its repertoire with Terminal 2’s OHSO Brewery & Distillery coming in third in the Best Airport Bar category. Customers visiting nano-brewery OHSO have an opportunity to try award-winning local beers like the Popcycle Blond Ale, which features hints of lemons and raspberries, and is light and refreshing. Travelers will also enjoy a variety of menu items like sandwiches and salads.
For more information on all of Phoenix Sky Harbor’s shops and restaurants, visit skyharbor.com.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, America’s Friendliest Airport®, has an annual economic impact of more than $38 billion. Every day approximately 1,200 aircraft and more than 120,000 passengers arrive and depart at Sky Harbor. PHX Sky Harbor is funded with Airport revenue. No tax dollars are used to support the Airport.
Quotes from Phoenix Mayor and City Council
“America’s Friendliest Airport is not just a slogan; it’s the way it is at the Phoenix airport. Our local residents and visitors love that we have so many incredible choices for shopping and dining and it’s great to be recognized for it.”
Mayor Thelda Williams
“Sky Harbor offers exceptional retail and dining options that feature some of our local favorites and national brands for visitors enjoying Phoenix or those traveling for business. America’s Friendliest Airport® offers world-class service to its passengers, and this recognition is well-deserved.”
Councilwoman Debra Stark, District 3
Chair of the Aviation and Transportation Subcommittee
“Sky Harbor is a world-class airport, largely in part to its exceptional retail options. We provide our travelers with a unique retail experience, offering both national and local brands. Phoenix is honored to be named the ‘Best Airport for Shopping’.”
Councilwoman Felicita Mendoza, District 8
Represents the district where Sky Harbor is located.