Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is getting a second London flight.
The airport announced Tuesday that an additional British Airways flight will begin service during the months of May and June three days a week, where the flight on the British Airways 747-400 aircraft will take off each day around 2:35 p.m.
The city, which has tried — not always successfully — to add international destinations to Sky Harbor's lists of destinations, believe the second London flight will have a big impact.
"The current daily flight by British Airways adds $100 million to our economy each year, so this new flight is a welcome addition to that impact and another sign of the strength of our growing market," said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.
Officials cited the fact that Sky Harbor has 120 people per day flying to London, and 80 of those are on the British Airways flight. London is the top international destination of those on that flight, though many others connect to destinations in the United Kingdom, Europe and Africa.
There's been a surge of new international flights throughout the state this year: Tucson International Airport reinstated international service for the first time since 2008 with multiple flights to Mexico; Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport got its first-ever international service with two airlines offering flights to Alberta, Canada; and Sky Harbor recently boosted its service to Vancouver from seasonal to year-round.
Sky Harbor has also been investing billions of dollars into new infrastructure, including an extension of the Sky Train, a new concourse at Terminal 4 and a remodeled Terminal 3.
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