Philadelphia International Airport
|Owner||City of Philadelphia|
|Operator||Philadelphia Department of Commerce, Division of Aviation|
|Location||Philadelphia / Tinicum Township, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Focus city for|
|Time zone||Eastern (UTC05:00)|
|Summer (DST)||Eastern Daylight Time (UTC04:00)|
|Elevation AMSL||36 ft / 11 m|
Philadelphia International Airport (IATA: PHL, ICAO: KPHL, FAA LID: PHL) is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is the largest airport in the state. It is the main Northeast hub for American Airlines and a regional cargo hub for UPS Airlines. Philadelphia International Airport is also a focus city for ultra low-cost airline Frontier.
The airport has service to cities in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. As of summer 2019, there are flights from the airport to 140 destinations, 102 domestic and 38 international. Most of the airport property is in Philadelphia proper. The international terminal and the western end of the airfield are in Tinicum Township, Delaware County. PHL covers 2,584 acres (1045 ha) and has 4 runways. 
Philadelphia International Airport is important to Philadelphia, its metropolitan region and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth's Aviation Bureau reported in its Pennsylvania Air Service Monitor that the total economic impact made by the state's airports in 2004 was $22 billion. In 2017 PHL commissioned a new economic impact report. The report found PHL alone accounted for $15.4 billion in activity with over 96,000 direct and indirect jobs with $5.4 Billion in total earnings.
Starting in 1925, the Pennsylvania National Guard used the present airport site (known as Hog Island) as a training airfield. The site was dedicated as the "Philadelphia Municipal Airport" by Charles Lindbergh in 1927, but it had no proper terminal building until 1940; airlines used the airport (at ) in nearby Camden, New Jersey. Once Philadelphia's terminal was completed (on the east side of the field) American, Eastern, TWA and United began flights.
In 1947 and 1950 the airport had runways 4, 9, 12 and 17, all 5400 ft or less. In 1956 runway 9 was 7284 ft; in 1959 it was 9499 ft and runway 12 was closed. Not much change until the early 1970s, when runway 4 was closed and 9R opened with 10500 ft.
Beginning in 1940 the Coatesville-based Rising Sun School of Aeronautics performed primary flight training at the airport under contract to the Air Corps. After the Pearl Harbor Attack, the I Fighter Command Philadelphia Fighter Wing provided air defense of the Delaware Valley area from the airport. Throughout the war, various fighter and bomber groups were organized and trained at Philadelphia airport and assigned to the Philadelphia Fighter Wing before being sent to advanced training airfields or being deployed overseas. Known units assigned were the 33d, 58th, 355th and 358th Fighter Groups.
In June 1943 I Fighter Command transferred jurisdiction of the airport to the Air Technical Service Command (ATSC). ATSC established a sub-depot of the Middletown Air Depot at the airport. The 855th Army Air Forces Specialized Depot unit repaired and overhauled aircraft and returned them to active service, and the Army Air Forces Training Command established the Philco Training School on January 1, 1943, which trained personnel in radio repair and operations.
In 1945 the Air Force reduced its use of the airport and it was returned to civil control that September.
Philadelphia Municipal became Philadelphia International in 1945, when American Overseas Airlines began direct flights to Europe. (For a short time AOA's flights skipped the New York stop; that was probably Philadelphia's only international nonstop until Pan Am tried nonstops to Europe in 1961.) A new terminal opened in December 1953; the oldest parts of the present terminal complex (B and C) were built in the late '50s.
The April 1957 OAG shows 30 weekday departures on Eastern, 24 TWA, 24 United, 18 American, 16 National, 14 Capital, 6 Allegheny and 3 Delta. To Europe, five Pan Am DC-6Bs a week via Idlewild and Boston and two TWA 749As a week via Idlewild; one TWA flight continued to Ceylon. Eastern and National had nonstops to Miami, but the TWA 1049G to LAX (started 1956) was the only nonstop beyond Chicago. The first scheduled jets were TWA 707s in summer 1960.
Terminal B/C modernization was completed in 1970, Terminal D opened in 1973 and Terminal E in 1977; the $300 million expansion was designed by Arnold Thompson Associates, Inc. and Vincent G. Kling & Associates.
In the 1980s PHL hosted several hubs. The Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 allowed regional carrier Altair Airlines to create a small hub at PHL using Fokker F-28s. Altair began in 1967 with flights to cities such as Rochester, New York, Hartford, Connecticut and to Florida until it ceased operations in November 1982. In the mid-1980s Eastern Air Lines opened a hub in Concourse C. The airline declined in the late 1980s and sold aircraft and gate leases to Chicago-based Midway Airlines. Midway operated its Philadelphia hub until it ceased operation in 1991. During the 1980s US Airways (then called USAir) built a hub at PHL.
US Airways became the dominant carrier at PHL in the 1980s and 1990s and shifted most of its hub operations from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia in 2003. As of 2013[update] PHL was US Airways' largest international hub. From January 2013, the lease agreement underlying US Airways operations at PHL expired at the end of June 2015.
In July 1999 the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and several U.S. federal government agencies selected a route for the connecting ramps from the northbound and southbound portions of Interstate 95 to the Terminal A-West complex, then under development; the agency tried to avoid the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum. However K/B Fund II, the owner of the International Plaza complex, formerly the Scott Paper headquarters Scott Plaza, objected to the proposed routing. K/B Fund II argued that the proposed routing would interfere with the International Plaza development. It entered a filing in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to challenge the proposed routing. In 2000, the airport attempted to acquire the complex for $90 million but Tinicum Township commissioners stopped the deal from going forward, citing concerns of a loss of tax revenue for the township and the Interboro School District, which serves Tinicum, as well as noise pollution concerns.
In 2002 construction on the controversial new entrance ramps went forward. The new ramps eliminated the traffic signal and stop intersections previously encountered by northbound I-95 motorists who had to use Route 291 to the airport. The project consisted of six new bridges, more than 4,300 linear feet of retaining walls, and 7.7 lane miles of new pavement. The project also included new highway lighting, overhead sign structures, landscaping and the paving of Bartram Avenue. Also under the project, PennDOT resurfaced I-95 between Route 420 and Island Avenue and built a truck enforcement and park-and-ride facility. In 2003 Terminal A-West opened, with a 1,500-space parking garage. Construction of the terminal was funded by airport revenue bonds sold by the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development.
By 2005 two studies dealt with expanding runway capacity at PHL: the Runway 1735 Extension Project EIS and the PHL Capacity Enhancement Program EIS. Completed in May 2009, the Runway 17-35 Extension Project extended runway 1735 to a length of 6,500 ft (2,000 m), extending it at both ends and incorporating the proper runway safety areas. Other changes made with the Runway 1735 Extension Project included additional taxiways and aprons, relocation of perimeter service roads, and modifications to nearby public roads.
The status of Philadelphia as an international gateway for American Airlines and the growth of Southwest Airlines and other low-cost carriers have increased passenger traffic to record levels in the mid-2000s; in 2004 28,507,420 passengers flew through Philadelphia, up 15.5% over 2003. In 2005, 31,502,855 passengers flew through PHL, marking a 10% increase since 2004. In 2006, 31,768,272 passengers travelled through PHL, a 0.9% increase.
At 12,000 feet (3,658 meters) in length, runway 9R/27L (previously 10,506 feet) is the longest civil runway in Pennsylvania.
The airport's present terminal and runway layout are reaching full utilization and PHL remains the world's largest airport without an inground fueling system thus requiring fuel to be trucked to each airplane. These two factors have led to congestion and delays. Additionally, the airport's parking facilities have been severely taxed. Use of all 17,000 parking spaces at the airport has become a regular occurrence. However, airport officials have ambitious plans for terminal and runway expansion.
On December 30, 2010, the airport unveiled a planned Capacity Enhancement Program. The project would have extended the two main runways and added one new runway was passed by the FAA. The project would have also create two new passenger terminals, the first terminal to have been built where the current terminal complex is located and the second terminal was to be built across from the current terminal complex. The project was also going to relocate the UPS facility and redevelop cargo city, the cargo complex at PHL. The redesigned UPS facility would have required demolition of several houses of nearby Tinicum Township. But after much resistance by the residents of those homes, an agreement was made to keep the homes and expand the airport elsewhere. The revised project would have cost $6.4 billion. After negotiations however, the Capacity Enhancement Program was put down and as of now there are no new terminal developments or runways. Preventing PHL from growing air service with its over taxed gate capacity.
Southwest Airlines, the fastest growing airline for several years after beginning service to PHL in 2004, worked with the city and the airport to expand and improve its facilities. Southwest recently built a joint ticket counter lobby for the D and E terminals, one large security check point for the two terminals and additional concessions. A hammerhead expansion to the E concourse was finished in February 2010. However, Southwest subsequently ended nonstop service to PHL from most of its non-focus cities due to competition with US Airways. The January 2013 lease extension obtained by US Airways was contingent on a number of future enhancements, and the lease renewal provided some funding.
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Philadelphia International Airport has seven terminal buildings, divided into six lettered concourses, with 126 gates total. As of late November 2015, it is possible to walk to each terminal post security without leaving the secure side. A shuttle bus, located post security, transport passengers from terminal F to terminal c, and terminal A. The shuttle transfers passengers from terminal A to terminal F, or terminal C to Terminal F. There is a large shopping/dining area between Concourses B and C. There are no luggage storage facilities at the airport. PHL offers over 120 shopping and dining locations throughout its facilities. With options ranging from grab and go food to sit down restaurants.
Terminal A is divided into two sections, east and west. Terminal A West has 13 gates, whilst Terminal A East has 11 gates. Terminal A West has a modern and innovative design, made by Kohn Pedersen Fox, Pierce Goodwin Alexander & Linville and Kelly/Maiello. Opened in 2003 as the new international terminal, it is now home to American (domestic and international), British Airways, Lufthansa, Icelandair and Qatar Airways. It offers a variety of international dining options. International Arrivals (except from locations with Customs preclearance) arrive at gates in both Terminal A east and west and are processed at the Terminal A West arrival building.
Terminal A East, originally the airport's international terminal, is now used by Aer Lingus and American domestic and international flights as well as international arrivals for Frontier Airlines. A-East is well maintained and recently received an upgrade to its baggage claim facilities. Most of the gates in this terminal are equipped to handle international arrivals and the passengers are led to the customs facility in Terminal A West. It opened in 1990. The security entrance was significantly enlarged in 2012.
There are 3 lounges along the corridor between Terminal A East and A West; an American Airlines Admirals Club, British Airways Galleries Lounge and American Express Centurion Lounge. The east terminal also contains an Admirals Club. There is also a children's play area located in the east terminal.
Terminals B and C have 15 and 14 gates respectively. They are the two main terminals used by American. They were renovated at a cost of $135 million in 1998, which was designed by DPK&A Architects, LLP. They are connected by a shopping mall and food court named the Philadelphia Marketplace. Remodeling has begun in the gate areas, although these cosmetic changes will not solve the space problems at many of the gates. Overall, the facilities are fairly modern and dining options on the concourses are also available. They are the oldest terminals and opened in 1953. There is an American Airlines Admirals Club located in the B/C connector.
Terminal D has 16 gates; it opened in 1973. The terminal was upgraded in late 2008 with a new concourse connecting to Terminal E while providing combined security, a variety of shops and restaurants and a link between Baggage Claims D and E. This is the inverse of the connector between Terminals B and C, which comprises a combined ticket hall but separate security facilities. Terminal D is home to Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Delta, and United. This terminal is connected to the shopping area of Terminals B/C through a post-security walkway. The terminal contains a United Club and a Delta Sky Club.
Terminal F has 38 gates. The terminal is a regional terminal used by American Eagle flights. It includes special jet bridges that allow passengers to board regional jets without walking on the apron. Opened in 2001, Terminal F is the second newest terminal building at PHL. It was designed by Odell Associates, Inc. and The Sheward Partnership. An American Airlines Admirals Club is located above the central food court area of Terminal F.
When Terminal F opened in 2001, it had 10,000 sq ft (930 m2) of space for concessions.
SEPTA Regional Rail's Airport Line serves stations at Terminals A, B, C, D, and E. The four stations are Airport Terminal A East/West, Airport Terminal B, Airport Terminals C & D, and Airport Terminals E & F. The stations are next to the baggage claim at each terminal with escalator and elevator access from each terminal's skywalk. The Airport Line connects to Center City Philadelphia, other SEPTA trains, Amtrak trains, and NJ Transit trains at 30th Street Station. The Airport Line runs through Center City Philadelphia to Glenside, PA; many weekday trains and half of the weekend trains continue to Warminster, PA on the Warminster Line. The Airport Line runs 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. daily, with trains every 30 minutes. The ride from the airport to Center City Philadelphia takes 25 minutes.
Philadelphia International Airport has road access from an interchange with I-95, which heads north toward Center City Philadelphia and south into Delaware County. PA 291 heads northeast from the airport area and provides access to and from I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway). Rental cars are available through a number of companies; each operates a shuttle bus between its facility and the terminals. As part of the airport's expansion plan, the airport plans to construct a consolidated rental car facility. Taxis and ride-sharing services both serve the airport.
SEPTA has various bus routes to the airport: Route 37 (serving South Philadelphia and Chester Transportation Center), Route 108 (serving 69th Street Transportation Center and the UPS air hub), and Route 115 (serving Delaware County Community College and Darby Transportation Center). As a benefit to students, local schools including The University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University, Swarthmore College, Haverford College and Saint Joseph's University traditionally operate transportation shuttles to the airport during heavy travel periods such as spring and Thanksgiving breaks.
|Air Canada Express||MontréalTrudeau, TorontoPearson|||
|Alaska Airlines|| Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma|
Seasonal: Portland (OR)
|American Airlines|| Amsterdam, Aruba, Atlanta, Austin, Bermuda, Boston, Burlington (VT), Cancún, Charlotte, ChicagoO'Hare, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Dublin, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Hartford, Jacksonville (FL), Kansas City, Las Vegas, LondonHeathrow, Los Angeles, Madrid, Manchester (NH), Manchester (UK), Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Montego Bay, Nashville, Nassau, New Orleans, New YorkLaGuardia, Orlando, ParisCharles de Gaulle, PhoenixSky Harbor, Pittsburgh, Portland (ME), Providence, Punta Cana, Raleigh/Durham, RomeFiumicino, San Antonio (resumes August 6, 2019), San Diego, San Francisco, San Juan, Seattle/Tacoma, Santo DomingoLas Américas, St. Louis, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Tampa, WashingtonNational, West Palm Beach, Zurich|
Seasonal: Athens, Barcelona, BerlinTegel, Bologna, Budapest, Buffalo, Dubrovnik, Eagle/Vail (begins December 21, 2019), Edinburgh, Grand Cayman, Indianapolis, Lisbon, Memphis, Portland (OR), Prague, Providenciales, St. LuciaHewanorra, Salt Lake City, Shannon, Venice
|American Eagle|| Akron/Canton, Albany, Allentown, Asheville, Atlanta, Baltimore, Bangor, Birmingham (AL), Buffalo, Burlington (VT), Charleston (SC), Charleston (WV), Charlottesville (VA), Chattanooga, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbia (SC), ColumbusGlenn, Dayton, Des Moines, Detroit, Fayetteville/Bentonville (begins September 4, 2019), Fort Wayne, Grand Rapids, Greensboro, Greenville/Spartanburg, Harrisburg, Hartford, HoustonIntercontinental, Indianapolis, Ithaca, Jacksonville (FL), Kansas City, Knoxville, Lexington, Long Island/Islip, Louisville, Madison, Manchester (NH), Memphis, Milwaukee, MontréalTrudeau, Myrtle Beach, Nashville, New Haven, New Orleans, Newburgh, Newport News, New YorkJFK (resumes November 20, 2019), New YorkLaGuardia, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Ottawa, Pensacola, Pittsburgh, Portland (ME), Providence, Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, Roanoke, Rochester (NY), St. Louis, Salisbury (MD), Savannah, State College, Syracuse, TorontoPearson, WashingtonNational, Watertown (NY), WilkesBarre/Scranton, Williamsport, Wilmington (NC), Worcester|
Seasonal: Augusta (GA), Halifax, Key West, Melbourne (FL), Nassau, Québec City, Sarasota
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New YorkJFK, Salt Lake City|||
|Delta Connection||Boston, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Raleigh/Durham|||
|Frontier Airlines|| Atlanta, Cancún, Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Fort Myers, HoustonIntercontinental, Jacksonville (FL), Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, Orlando, Punta Cana, San Juan, Sarasota, Tampa|
Seasonal: Austin, Charleston (SC), Cincinnati, Kansas City, Madison, Memphis, Milwaukee, Montego Bay, Myrtle Beach, Omaha, Pensacola, Raleigh/Durham, Savannah, West Palm Beach
|JetBlue||Boston, Fort Lauderdale|||
|Southwest Airlines|| Atlanta, ChicagoMidway, DallasLove, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, HoustonHobby, Nashville, Orlando, PhoenixSky Harbor, St. Louis, Tampa|
Seasonal: Las Vegas, West Palm Beach
|Spirit Airlines|| Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, San Juan|
Seasonal: Detroit, Fort Myers, Myrtle Beach, New Orleans, Tampa
|Sun Country Airlines||Minneapolis/St. Paul|||
|United Airlines||ChicagoO'Hare, Denver, HoustonIntercontinental, San Francisco|||
|United Express||ChicagoO'Hare, HoustonIntercontinental|||
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|21 Air||Miami, Orlando|
|FedEx Express|| Boston, Indianapolis, Memphis, Pittsburgh, WashingtonDulles|
|Kalitta Air||Seasonal: Ontario|
|UPS Airlines|| Albany, Albany (GA), Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, ChicagoO'Hare, Chicago/Rockford, Cologne/Bonn, Columbia (SC), Des Moines, Detroit, East Midlands, Harrisburg, Hartford, Hong Kong, LondonStansted, Louisville, Manchester (NH), Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New YorkJFK, Oakland, Ontario, Orlando, ParisCharles de Gaulle, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, San Jose (CA), Tampa|
|1||Orlando, Florida||855,680||American, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit|
|2||Atlanta, Georgia||750,310||American, Delta, Southwest, Spirit|
|3||ChicagoO'Hare, Illinois||644,190||American, United|
|4||Boston, Massachusetts||625,880||American, Delta, JetBlue|
|5||Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas||534,490||American, Frontier, Spirit|
|6||Los Angeles, California||478,960||Alaska, American, Spirit, Virgin America|
|7||Charlotte, North Carolina||466,070||American, Frontier|
|8||Fort Lauderdale, Florida||416,120||American, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit|
|9||Denver, Colorado||411,490||American, Frontier, Southwest, United|
|10||PhoenixSky Harbor, Arizona||406,320||American, Southwest|
|1||LondonHeathrow, United Kingdom||452,269||4.3%||American, British Airways, Delta|
|2||TorontoPearson, Canada||295,409||0.6%||Air Canada, American|
|3||Cancún, Mexico||269,006||5.2%||American, Frontier|
|4||Frankfurt, Germany||219,834||1.4%||American, Lufthansa|
|5||Punta Cana, Dominican Republic||208,989||4.0%||American, Frontier|
|6||Dublin, Ireland||205,928||53.4%||Aer Lingus, American|
|7||MontréalTrudeau, Canada||198,512||6.6%||Air Canada, American|
|8||Montego Bay, Jamaica||167,790||1.9%||American|
|3||Delta Air Lines||1,886,265||8.0%|
|2019||9,726,402 (through April)||3.9%||2009||30,669,564||3.7%|
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