Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is located just across Tempe's border with Phoenix to the northwest. It's one of the top 10 busiest airports in the U.S. and about the 18th busiest airport in the world, in terms of numbers of passengers - nearly 1,500 planes arrive and depart every day! Phoenix has consistent wind patterns so all of Sky Harbor's runways run parallel. Incoming planes fly over the Salt River corridor (the area where the Tempe Town Lake is). I think it's relatively rare to have a large airport right in the middle of a metro area, but Sky Harbor has never had any major accidents at or near the airport. Trivia: In 1987, Northwest Airlines flight 255, which departed out of Detroit and had a planned stop in Phoenix, crashed after take-off, killing many Phoenix passengers (one 4 year old survivor).
Living so close to the airport is very convenient, about a 12 minute drive. Of course, that also means I get my share of airport pickup requests. That's okay, I'll need one myself next week when I fly to northern California. Hey, can I get a ride to the airport?