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Old May 8th, 2005, 05:08 PM   #21
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an airport is called international if it has immigration and custom services, if it actually serves international scheduled flights has nothing to with this designation as it still can serve international charter or private flights.
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Old May 8th, 2005, 06:55 PM   #22
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Philadelphia has adequate services for a city its size. Look at the low level of international service in Phoenix!! Don't forget that it's so close to Newark, LaGuardia, and JFK that they are like secondary airports.
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Old June 13th, 2011, 07:33 PM   #23
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PHL | Philadelphia International Airport

Last December the Capacity Enhancement Program for PHL was approved, which is a 13 year renovation project that will cost more than $5 billion. Some of the main components of the plan include the development of a new runway, construction of two new terminals (one of which will be a relocated commuter flight terminal), and the addition of an automated people mover. The project also includes the extension of several runways, the relocation of the current UPS and cargo facilities, and the extending of borders into the neighboring township which will relocate several hundreds of residents.

For more information on the plan visit the CEP website where the Record of Decision by the FAA on the Environmental Impact Statement has been published: http://www.phl-cep-eis.com



What are your thoughts? PHL is clearly an airport in need of major updating and perhaps this will be a long-term solution. At the end of the CEP, the airport will have an additional 30 gates and the passenger capacity will increase at least 30%. PHL has been consistently in the Top 10 most delayed airports for over ten years and it seems the biggest inhibitor for the airport is a lack of land acreage. To put it comparatively, PHL has less than half of the acreage than JFK and JFK is still an airport that is also limited on space.

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Old June 14th, 2011, 01:03 AM   #24
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On airport-technology.com, there are two alternatives for the capacity enhancement program at PHL: A parallel concept, and a diagonal concept. The parallel concept would extend two runways and build a new runway to the south, while the diagonal concept would get rid of ALL of the current runways and replace them with four brand-new parallel runways and replace terminals B through F with new centerfield terminals to provide more efficient movement. The latter plan is not feasible and will likely cost several billion US dollars, and they must have went with the diagonal concept.
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Old June 14th, 2011, 02:09 AM   #25
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It appears as though airport-technology is a bit behind. The two alternatives that the site mentions were not the two alternatives that EIS statements where designed for and already decided on. The actual alternatives, EIS statements, and record of decision can be found at www.phl-cep-eis.com
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Old July 12th, 2012, 07:50 AM   #26
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PHL - Philadelphia International Airport

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Philadelphia International Airport (IATA: PHL, ICAO: KPHL, FAA LID: PHL) is a major airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, and is the largest airport in the Delaware Valley region and in the state. The airport is the third largest hub and the primary international hub of US Airways and has service to destinations in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. Most of the airport property is located in Philadelphia. The international terminal and the western end of the airfield are located in Tinicum Township, Delaware County.



Starting in 1925 the Pennsylvania National Guard used the PHL 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 airfield 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. During WW2 Philadelphia Municipal Airport was used for military training flights and other air operations.


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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 circa 1964.) A new terminal opened in December 1953; the oldest parts of the current terminal complex (B and C) were built in the late '50s.


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The airport underwent a major expansion in the mid-1970s. Terminals B/C, D, and E were completed in 1977 as part of a $300 million modernization and expansion development. This project was designed by Arnold Thompson Associates, Inc. and Vincent G. Kling & Associates.

In the 1980s PHL hosted several hub operations. The Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 allowed the regional carrier called Altair Airlines to create a small hub at PHL using Fokker F-28 jet aircraft. Altair began in 1967 and operated flights to smaller markets 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—the same year Eastern liquidated. During the 1980s US Airways (then called USAir) developed a hub at PHL.

US Airways became the dominant carrier at PHL during the 1980s and 1990s and shifted most of its hub operations from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia in 2003. In 2004 Southwest Airlines announced it would begin flights from PHL, challenging US Airways in some of its important East Coast and Midwest markets. It is currently US Airways' largest competitor at the airport.

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Today Philadelphia International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world and among the fastest growing in the United States. Its status as a US Airways hub and the growth of Southwest Airlines and other low-cost carriers have helped passenger traffic to reach record levels. In 2011 there were 460,779 air operations at PHL and passenger traffic was 30,775,961. In 2012 Virgin America announced flights to and from PHL.

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Terminal A East

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This terminal, originally the airport's international terminal, is now used primarily by domestic carriers, but also sometimes by US Airways for international flights. A East is upgraded and 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. Upon completion of the merger between Northwest and Delta, the combined airline relocated its ticketing operations from Terminal A-East to Terminal E on January 19, 2010. However, passenger gates and baggage claim for the carrier is located in Terminal D.

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Terminal A-East contains 13 gates: A-1 to A-13.

Terminals B and C

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Terminals B and C are the two main US Airways terminals. They were renovated at a cost of $135 million in 1998, which was designed by DPK&A Architects, LLP. They are connected by a very large 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.

Terminal B contains 16 gates: B-1 to B-16, and Terminal C contains 16 gates: C-16 to C-31.

Terminal D

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Terminal D and Terminal E were upgraded in late 2008 with a new concourse connecting the two terminals while providing combined ticketing, a variety of shops and restaurants and a link between Baggage Claims D and E. It is home to Air Canada, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, and Alaska Airlines. This is similar to the connector between Terminals B and C. This terminal is connected to the shopping area of Terminals B/C through a post-security walkway. AirTran Airways relocated gate operations from Terminal D to Terminal E. However, AirTran passengers still check-in and use the baggage claim at Terminal D.

Terminal D contains 16 gates: D-1 to D-16.


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Terminal E

Terminal E is home to Southwest Airlines, AirTran and Virgin America. Terminal E contains 17 gates: E-1 to E-17.

Terminal F (Concourses 1, 2, and 3)

Terminal F is a regional terminal used by US Airways Express flights. It includes special jet bridges that allow passengers to board commuter planes without walking on the tarmac. Opened in 2001, Terminal F is the second newest terminal building at Philadelphia International. It was designed by Odell Associates, Inc. and The Sheward Partnership.

When Terminal F opened in 2001, it contained 10,000 sq ft (930 m2) of space for concessions. Terminal F contains 39 gates: F-1 to F-39.

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Airport planning $5.2 billion expansion

By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer



Originally published May 7, 2010: A $5.2 billion expansion plan for Philadelphia International Airport over the next 12 to 15 years is designed to accommodate dramatic growth and help alleviate delays.

The proposal released by the Federal Aviation Administration, sifted from 29 options considered in 2000, would lengthen two of the airport's four runways and build a fifth runway along the Delaware, where UPS now operates. UPS would move to the airport's west end on 200 acres in Tinicum Township that the airport would acquire.

The FAA plans to issue a final environmental impact statement by late summer, and a "record of decision" on the project by year's end. The FAA conducted environmental studies and held public meetings from 2003 to 2008. The agency said this plan would not disrupt I-95 traffic, costs less than the alternatives, offers more flexibility during construction, and has less environmental impact.

"Expansion of the airport is vitally critical to economic and business development in this city and region," said airport chief executive officer Mark Gale. "If we don't do these improvements, we will be locking ourselves into continued delay problems. "We will not be able to grow and gain the capacity that we need to handle the traffic that we believe is coming our way."

Philadelphia was the sixth-most-delayed U.S. airport in 2007 because of congested East Cost airspace, the FAA said. By 2020, 20 million passengers a year are expected to board flights in Philadelphia, up 33 percent from 15 million "enplanements" last year, Gale said. More than 30 million travelers total, including those arriving, passed through Philadelphia airport in 2009, and the number could grow to 40 million in a decade. Studies said the airport's annual economic impact was $14.4 billion in 2006.

The construction would be paid for by Philadelphia revenue bonds, passenger-facility charges, and federal FAA grants - not taxpayers, Gale said. Debt service on the bonds is primarily paid for by rates and charges that airlines pay.

The proposal, dubbed Alternative A, would:

*Lengthen Runway 8-26 east by 2,000 feet for a total length of 7,000 feet.

*Extend Runway 9R-27L east by 1,500 feet, and rename what will become a 12,000-foot runway to 9C-27C.

*Build a new 9,103-foot runway, to be named 9R-27L, on the Delaware River. The west end of the runway would extend into the river 670 feet and be built on fill or piles.

*Expand the terminal complex from 120 to 150 gates, and build a new commuter terminal east of Runway 17-35.

*Erect a transit "automated people mover" with tracks and train cars to transport passengers from a new commuter terminal to existing terminals, and eventually to parking lots.

*Enlarge parking garages A, C, and D, adding 3,500 spaces, and reconfigure the economy parking lot to add 100 spaces.

*Construct a ground transportation center with 4,000 parking spaces for a consolidated rental-car facility, van services, shuttles, and SEPTA.

The expansion is a plan for the airport, and not airspace. "There will not be changes in flight patterns over the state of Delaware," said FAA spokesman Jim Peters. "We will use the existing entrances and exits that we now have in airspace to get the aircraft into and out of the airport. "If this new runway were to be built, you will have aircraft flying along the river where they may not be flying now," but planes will fly existing routes over New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Peters said. The plan calls for relocating or closing several public roads and relocating railway facilities.

The existing SEPTA airport rail line would connect with the new transit system shuttling passengers between terminals. Part of Tinicum Island Road would be relocated, and a portion of Hog Island Road closed. Island Avenue would be relocated between Penrose Avenue and Enterprise Avenue. The Cargo Access Road, Recirculation Road, and Airport Exit Road all would be relocated.

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Old July 12th, 2012, 08:07 AM   #28
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Old July 23rd, 2012, 12:05 AM   #29
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Spirit Airlines is going to start flying to PHL next year with non-stop service to Dallas-Ft. Worth.

Phily.com: Spirit Airlines to begin service from Philadelphia International Airport
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Old July 23rd, 2012, 05:46 AM   #30
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I love this airport and fly most to/from this airport. But I have to say its management has to be improved. I heard people complaining every time in the security area.
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Old July 24th, 2012, 04:58 AM   #31
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They should have gone through with the central NJ airport plan back in the 1960s. Now's a good time to draft a more environmentally friendly proposal. Another good site is the former US Steel mill in Falls Twp, Pennsylvania. It's easily accessible by Amtrak, and is close enough to serve as a relief airport for NYC even.

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They should have gone through with the central NJ airport plan back in the 1960s. Now's a good time to draft a more environmentally friendly proposal. Another good site is the former US Steel mill in Falls Twp, Pennsylvania. It's easily accessible by Amtrak, and is close enough to serve as a relief airport for NYC even.
With both Newark, Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, and Atlantic City in relatively close proximity to Central New Jersey not to mention LaGuardia and JFK, there really is no need to build another airport in the area, especially when you have so many choices of airports within a few miles radius.

Besides if there really was a need for a reliever airport for the Philadelphia area, both Northeast Philadelphia Airport and New Castle Airport in Delaware, could easily take on that role considering their relative proximity and the fact that the length of the runways are more than adequate for most commercial service negating the need to build another airport.

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Old July 25th, 2012, 02:29 AM   #33
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I like how SEPTA commuter rail serves each terminals directly. I find this very convenient.
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Old April 6th, 2013, 06:56 PM   #34
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PHI | Philadelphia International Airport

Here are a couple of shots I took from one of the parking garages next to Philly International. I was there to pick up my Brother-in-law from a flight up from Orlando. There's been a lot of work done on PHL recently. I remember going there to watch planes come and go back in the 70s and early 80s. PHL is about four or five miles s/sw of the city proper, along the Delaware River and very near the refineries and chemical plants that used to operate to a much greater degree. For a big city airport, it's relatively easy to get to and is, to me, far less hectic than Newark or JFK up north. In this shot, the city is over on the left edge of the shot. If you look closely, you can see the two bridges that cross the Schuylkill River and lead into center city on I-95 and what is called the "Industrial Highway", PA 291.

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Very cool!
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Old April 16th, 2013, 12:57 AM   #36
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There is already a thread dedicated to Philadelphia International Airport.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...3#post93575543

Maybe one of the mods can merge the two threads?
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and the IATA code for philly airport is PHL not PHI.
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There is already a thread dedicated to Philadelphia International Airport.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...3#post93575543

Maybe one of the mods can merge the two threads?
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and the IATA code for philly airport is PHL not PHI.
Yes - senility strikes every now and then. My image names have PHL, my text has PHL but my title is AFU.
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Well those are pretty good photos regardless (assuming you were the one who took them).
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