Following the closure of NAS Litchfield Park in 1968, the city of Phoenix purchased the airport as a general aviationreliever airport for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The airport is not served by any airlines. The airport is, however, a major keep and maintenance spot for many airlines around the world, and many airlines' aircraft, both domestic and international ones, can be spotted there.
Phoenix-Goodyear Airport is a Superfund site due to a number of soil and groundwater contaminants from its time as a military installation.
In 2007 the airport had 188,136 aircraft operations, average 515 per day: 93% general aviation, <1% airline, 5% military and 1% air taxi. 223 aircraft are based at the airport: 73% single engine, 11% multi-engine, 16% jet and <1% helicopters.
The Phoenix-Goodyear Airport "bone-yard" where planes no longer in use are kept.
The airfield is home to several companies offering aircraft maintenance and commercial pilot training:
AeroTurbine, Inc operates a maintenance facility on the airfield which comprises maintenance, storage and disposal. The northern side of the airfield is used for storage and many Boeing 727, Douglas DC-9s and DC-10s are visible from the road as they await their fate.
Both flight training schools, while regulated by the FAA and operating under their regulations, train students to JAA requirements as required for Europe.
From 2014 even CTC Wings aviation academy uses the airport as training facility in addition to its center in Hamilton, New Zealand. CTC is a British flight training organisation that provides freshly trained airline pilots to numerous airlines throughout the world, mainly within the United Kingdom, most notably EasyJet, and also including British Airways, Qatar, Flybe, Thomson, Thomas Cook, and Monarch Airlines amongst others.