May 13, 2015 |
Philadelphia International Airport plans a 2015 job fair Tuesday at Temple University to fill more than 600 openings at the airport. More than 30 businesses, including airlines, restaurants, car-rental companies, retailers, and government agencies, will interview candidates for jobs that include customer-service representative, sales associate, bartender, server, bookkeeper, massage therapist, cosmetologist, manager, cashier, and others. The airport's fair will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St. Applicants can meet with employment specialists to have their resumés reviewed and attend workplace-etiquette workshops for interview tips.
May 13, 2015 |
On the day pilots Richard Poch and Joseph Deal were killed when their small plane plunged to the ground near West Chester, an airplane of the same model also crashed, killing its pilot, just 200 miles south, in Orange, Va. By numbers alone, the crashes - just two of six accidents involving small planes in the United States that March 29 - could have been enough to spook casual observers. But they didn't rattle local airport officials. "That's like saying two Nissan Sentras crashed yesterday," said Jeff Suveg, assistant manager of Brandywine Airport in West Chester, from which Deal and Poch departed.
May 9, 2015 |
In response to requests from traveling mothers, Philadelphia International Airport and Minute Suites, a micro-hotel inside security and near the airline gates, are making private rooms available to mothers to breast-feed or pump breast milk between flights. Minute Suites opened at the airport in spring 2011 between Terminal A and Concourse B, with 13 private rooms for passengers to nap, relax, or work. The rooms, seven feet by eight feet, will be free to nursing mothers for the first 30 minutes, and cost $14 for an additional half-hour.
April 30, 2015 |
A NEWARK, N.J.-BOUND flight made an emergency landing in Philly yesterday after one of its engines became engulfed in flames, officials said. United Airlines Express Flight 4882, out of Raleigh, N.C., touched down at Philadelphia International Airport about 4:15 p.m., said Mary Flannery, an airport spokeswoman. None of the 75 people on board was injured in the landing, Flannery said. One male passenger was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center from the Tarmac after complaining of chest pains.
April 24, 2015 |
The City of Philadelphia, Delaware County, and that county's Tinicum Township signed a multimillion-dollar financial settlement Wednesday to end long-simmering tensions between the city-owned Philadelphia International Airport and its municipal neighbors over a massive plan to expand the airport. Terms of the agreement, announced in May 2014 and finalized with Wednesday's signing, includes funding to protect tax revenues for Delaware County, Tinicum Township, and the Interboro School District.
April 4, 2015 |
More than a decade ago, city health inspectors would see occasional mouse droppings at Philadelphia International Airport, black residue and slime inside ice machines, and eggs and other cold foods kept at temperatures too warm. In 2011, the airport approved the hiring of two former city health inspectors, and the results have been dramatic. Violations for risk factors known to cause food-borne illness have significantly declined. Today, the airport's 27 eat-in restaurants have a better average than the citywide numbers for 5,000 non-airport eat-in restaurants.
April 3, 2015 |
FIVE TO SIX hundred airport baggage handlers, airplane cleaners and wheelchair attendants skipped work yesterday to protest that many are still earning minimum wage or close to it despite passage of a city law last year that called for them to have gotten raises. The nonunion employees started the day protesting where they work, Philadelphia International Airport, then moved on to City Hall, where they rallied in solidarity with City Council members Kenyatta Johnson, Ed Neilson, Blondell Reynolds Brown, Maria Quinones-Sanchez and Curtis Jones.
March 31, 2015 |
Two people were killed Sunday afternoon when a small airplane crashed in a field near the Brandywine Airport in Chester County. Authorities said the plane, a Piper PA28 Cherokee, crashed about 1:34 p.m. in West Goshen Township, less than two miles from the airport. Emergency crews at the crash site said the plane was in flames. The victims, both men, were not identified. The fixed-wing, single-engine plane had just taken off from the airport and crossed over Route 202 before crashing near the 1000 block of Saunders Lane, police said.
March 25, 2015 |
Airlines nickel and dime passengers to check a bag, for seats with extra legroom, and to change a ticket. Spirit and Frontier charge to put a carry-on in the overhead bin. Now, airports want to increase the passenger "facility fee" added to every airline ticket - from $4.50 to $8.50, to pay for construction projects and infrastructure needs. That would be $8.50 each way - when you get on a plane to leave for a trip, and when you board the flight home. In Philadelphia, the usage fee generates about $61 million annually, and has helped pay debt on bonds to build the international Terminal A West, Terminal F, and the expansion to Terminals D and E, as well as airfield and other improvements, said Philadelphia International Airport CEO Mark Gale.
February 6, 2015 |
So, where does your checked bag go after you drop it at the airline ticket counter? Like many passengers, bags may have a quarter-mile journey from the ticketing lobby to the aircraft. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Wednesday offered a rare glimpse behind the scenes at how baggage is screened at Philadelphia International Airport, where an in-line system of conveyor belts and explosive-detection machines can process up to 1,000 bags an hour. "Some people think the TSA opens and physically screens every single bag," said TSA spokesman Michael McCarthy.