November runway closure at Phoenix could cause delays

Oct 3, 2019

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If you’re traveling through Phoenix Sky Harbor in early November, prepare for possible delays.

Phoenix (PHX) announced that runway 7R/25L will be closed from 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1,  through 7 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, for maintenance work.

Runway 7R/25L is primarily used for arrivals. The airport is anticipating possible arrival delays on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. That period is the peak traffic time during the closure, according to a press release.

The closure will allow crews to maintain the runway’s surrounding electrical systems and upgrade its lighting to more energy-efficient LEDs. The project also includes runway marking repainting, rubber buildup removal and some minor repairs to the concrete surface.

Phoenix Sky Harbor, with runway 7R/25L indicated by the arrow (Image from Google Maps)
Phoenix Sky Harbor, with runway 7R/25L indicated by the arrow (Image from Google Maps)

The airport said it coordinated with airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration to determine the least disruptive time to complete the work. Still, the airport is advising passengers to keep in touch with their airline about possible delays, particularly those who have tight connection times during the project.

Phoenix is a major hub for American Airlines and is also a significant base for Southwest Airlines.

Featured photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images.

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