PHL marks 10th anniversary of its international terminal

Posted: May 30, 2013

Philadelphia International Airport Wednesday celebrated the 10th anniversary of the international terminal, called A-West, with entertainment and special activities. The $550 million, 800,000-square foot terminal boasted one of the nation's most technologically-advanced explosive-detection baggage screening systems when it opened in May 2003.

Philadelphia airport CEO Mark Gale and US Airways' vice president Bob Ciminelli, who runs US Airways Philadelphia hub, recounted a decade of global air-service growth in Philadelphia, noting that 41 million travelers have passed through the terminal.

US Airways, the dominant airline in Philadelphia, has added 11 new international destinations since 2005, and expanded from fewer than 80 nonstop destinations to over 115 today, Ciminelli said.

US Airways is currently in the process of merging with American Airlines. "Philadelphia and Terminal A West will be an important part of the new American as we expect to maintain all our hubs," Ciminelli said. - Linda Loyd

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