Changes at Sky Harbor for holiday travel

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- If you're not a frequent flyer but you're headed into the skies for the holidays - or maybe just picking somebody up - there are changes at Sky Harbor you'll want to know about.

On the day before Thanksgiving, Sky Harbor is expecting a 50 percent bump in the number of people going through the airport.

The busiest travel day of the year always means long lines and big headaches. Last year, traffic going into Sky Harbor backed up for miles. But Sky Harbor isn't the same airport as a year ago.

For starters, there's a whole new way to get there. One of the most significant additions to Sky Harbor is the SkyTrain. It’s a free ride from either the 44th Street light rail station or the east economy parking lot over to terminal four.

“You don't have to deal with traffic, parking. It’s always on time, so you don't have to worry about being late, being in a hurry,” said SkyTrian rider Kevin Snyder.

Another change is the temporary closing of the cell phone lot just east of Terminal Four. From now through December 4th it's moved to the north side of the east economy lot, where there's four times more space. The airport also has new restaurants and coffee shops from a year ago, including local favorite Four Peaks Brewery in terminal four.