PHOENIX (3TV/CBS5) -- The busy Thanksgiving travel rush is back, and so is the traffic!

On Tuesday night, drivers heading to Sky Harbor Airport to pick up friends and loved ones were greeted by bumper-to-bumper traffic.

While traffic was at an ease Wednesday morning, Sky Harbor officials expect the roadways to be busy in the afternoon and evening. Officials say extra traffic is expected from 6 p.m. - 11 p.m., and that drivers should expect stop and go traffic during this timeframe. Officials recommend travelers give themselves extra time, and to check their flight status with their airline before coming to the airport.

On Tuesday night, drivers heading to Sky Harbor Airport to pick up friends and loved ones were greeted by bumper-to-bumper traffic just trying to get into and through the airport. Several drivers who reached out to Arizona's Family told us they waited almost an hour to get into both sides of the arrivals curb to pick up their passengers.

Here are some ways that may help save some time if you are planning to pick up someone from the airport during the holiday rush:

  •  If you're picking up from Terminal 4, tell them to meet you on the departures deck rather than the arrivals curb. At night, there are far fewer departures than arrivals.
  • Pick up your passengers at the Sky Train 44th St and Washington stop. The train station allows drivers to avoid the congested Sky Harbor Blvd and has a large area for passenger pick up and drop off. Just be aware, like curbside pickup inside the airport, drivers wait at the curb for passengers.
  • Finally, use the light rail! It may be a little bit of a trek for some, but it could save you all stress and time in the long run. If you pick someone up or drop someone off, avoid the traffic by using the light rail and the accessible bridge from the light rail stop to the Sky Train.
 

Copyright 2021 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

Locations

Recommended for you