BEAUTIFUL MODEL of the WORLD and AmSim Release Phoenix Sky Harbor International for MSFS

March 13, 2023

BEAUTIFUL MODEL of the WORLD and AmSim have partnered up again to develop a rendition of Phoenix Sky Harbor International (KPHX) for Microsoft Flight Simulator, the 8th busiest airport in the United States and 11th in the World.

Sky Harbor’s history goes back to 1928, when it was built by Scenic Airways, making it the fourth airport in Phoenix. The airport was sold not much after to Acme Investment Company as a consequence of the Stock Market crash of 1929. They owned it for six years, and then the city of Phoenix purchased the whole thing for $100,000. 

The Wall Street Journal ranked PHX as the best airport overall in the country among the 20 largest, with praises to its short screening waits, fast wi-fi, good restaurants, and cheap Uber fares to get downtown. 

With a yearly average of 45 million passengers, Phoenix consolidates itself as one of the busiest hubs in the World. Southwest (36.21%), American Airlines (33.46%), and Delta Air Lines (7.04%) compose the top three carriers in market share, with Denver (1,087,000), Seattle-Tacoma (831,000), and Las Vegas (813,000) being the busiest domestic destinations. Internationally, three tourist destinations in Mexico take the crown, with San José del Cabo being the busiest (352,461), followed by Puerto Vallarta and Cancún, with 245,749 and 215,088, respectively.

The airport has two terminals (T3 and T4), with T1 and T2 marked as “retired.” Terminal 3 has 25 gates, and Terminal 4 has 92. 

The scenery features an accurate rendition, with high-resolution custom ground textures, landside buildings, airline codes assigned to their respective parking stands, FSLTL traffic compatibility, animated jetways, custom ground markings, and an animated Sky Train.

It’s available on OrbxDirect for roughly $23.30, requiring at least 3.50 GB of free hard disk space to install.

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