Never in my life did I think I would see a major airport so quiet on a Friday afternoon in spring. But Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport felt like an eerie ghost town.
After our Citation X flight from Los Angeles to Scottsdale, AZ on Delta Private Jets, Augustine and I were dropped off at Phoenix Airport (PHX). We had about an hour before boarding and my goodnesses was it odd to walk through this mostly-deserted airport.
A sign at the door warned that masks were required inside, but sadly, it seemed that few people took this seriously, at least while inside the airport (unlike on the flight, where everyone wore a mask).
The check-in area for our flight was also virtually empty. Signs instructed to passengers to respect social distancing.
PHX has a food and concession area prior to security and all businesses were shut down. So weird to see everything closed on what normally would have been a bustling afternoon.
Security checkpoints and were empty and PreCheck lanes were still open. While TSA officers were wearing masks, nothing else about the security process was different.
On the other side, we looked for food. But like the other side, almost everything was closed.
Both the Escape and Centurion Lounges were closed.
And most restaurants and all bars were closed too. We found one Mexican restaurant near our gate. Great, right? On the menu were only two items: hamburgers or $15 chicken quesadillas that frankly looked worse than what you pay $3 for at Taco Bell.
So we kept walking…and walking…and walking.
There simply was almost nothing open. Finally we found a McDonalds that was open and had a hamburger and French Fries…Augustine’s first time eating at McDonalds.
We returned to our gate and waited to board our flight. Again, some travelers were wearing masks while others were not. There was no enforcement of the mask requirement. Augustine used the bathrooms (clean) and drinking fountain (still turned on).
My trip was three weeks ago. Daily passenger numbers have risen since then, but not by so much to a make a huge difference. Even as travel resumes and flights ramp up, it is still a very eerie experience to walk through an airport these days.