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February 24, 2013 | By Barbara Surk, Associated Press
BEIRUT - The battle for Syria's second-largest airport intensified Saturday as government troops tried to reverse recent strategic gains the rebels have made in the northeast in their quest to topple President Bashar al-Assad. Assad's forces have been locked in a stalemate with rebels in Aleppo since July when the city, the largest in Syria, became a major battlefield in the two-year-old conflict the United Nations says has killed at least 70,000 people. For months, rebels have been trying to capture the international airport, which is closed because of the fighting.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 1995 | By Joe Logan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Next time you're at Philly International, give a closer listen to the airport public-address system. You may hear some familiar voices. Beginning Thursday night, Boyz II Men crooning "On Bended Knee"; the Patti LaBelle-Michael McDonald duet "On My Own"; Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes' toe-tapper "Wake Up Everybody"; and Sister Sledge's anthem "We Are Family" will be among the 15 homegrown acts and composers whose tunes will sound through the...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 1995 | By Leonard W. Boasberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
You know who you are, but how do you prove it if you have no documentation? Lost in Transit puts Arturo Conti, a respectable, middle-aged Frenchman, into that Kafkaesque predicament when he flies from Montreal to Paris. In Montreal, someone lifted his carry-on baggage containing his passport and his billfold with all his credit cards, driver's license and money, and even stole his shoes. In Paris, immigration officials refuse to let him leave the airport. What is he supposed to do? Stay there, until he can prove he is who he says he is. So Conti, played by Jean Rochefort (The Tall Blonde Man with One Black Shoe)
NEWS
March 10, 2003
DAILY NEWS reporter Don Russell scoffed at the airport's use of Hummers. He obviously has not seen our remote topography where 75 deer were living on wooded, uneven terrain a few years ago. We chase geese and deer away from our runways because an animal ingested into a jet engine can cause millions of dollars in damage and untold human casualties. Hummers help our employees monitor 12 miles of fence line, portions of which are otherwise inaccessible. These inspections were prioritized by the events of 9/11.
NEWS
March 14, 2000 | by Dave Davies, Daily News Staff Writer
Not again. For the second time in two months, Mayor Street's tenure in office has been marked by a nasty, public, high-level firing. City Aviation Director Alfred Testa was dumped from his $150,000-a-year post yesterday, escorted from his airport office by police and city lawyers after he refused to resign. By one account, Testa felt compelled to tell the small crowd of onlookers gathered in the corridor that he wasn't being arrested. Just fired. In contrast to the explosive jettisoning of Communications Director Ken Snyder in January, the administration tried to handle this departure quietly.
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July 1, 2000 | by Erin Einhorn, Daily News Staff Writer
One of the giddy perks of getting elected, Mayor Street joked when he first took office, was that everyone waits for the mayor - even planes about to take off. The same must go for planes that have just landed, even when the plane is Air Force One and the passenger is the president of the United States. With Street running late due to navigational difficulties yesterday, President Clinton had to wait about 15 minutes before he could make his ceremonial, wave-to-the-cameras descent and shake hands with the mayor at the bottom of the stairs.
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May 31, 1987 | By Kathy Boccella, Special to The Inquirer
The group exhibited no exceptional signs of nervousness as it walked through the airport toward the Eastern Airlines jetliner. No sweaty palms or rapid pulse rates. No thoughts of escaping through the nearest door. A quick check of its SUDS level, short for Subjective Units of Discomfort, confirmed that the fearful flyers class from Temple University's Agoraphobia and Anxiety Program was handling the trip to the airport surprisingly well. Then they boarded the plane, and their SUDS level shot up like a 727 on takeoff.
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April 23, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
ST. LOUIS - Lambert Field in St. Louis has been closed after an apparent tornado tore through the airport last night, lifting a roof off the terminal and injuring several people. Broadcast reports, citing airport officials, said most of the injuries last night were believed to be minor. Airport officials say the airport was shut down and planes were diverted to other locations. Crews were assessing damage at all the terminals. Plate glass windows were torn out, largely in Concourse C, where the most of the damage appeared to occur.
NEWS
June 10, 2013 | By Patrick Quinn and Rahim Faiez
ASSOCIATED PRESS KABUL, Afghanistan - At least five heavily armed insurgents were engaged in an hours-long gun battle with security forces on the perimeter of Afghanistan's main airport Monday after they tried to attack NATO's airport headquarters with rocket-propelled grenades, assault rifles, and at least one large bomb, the army and police said. The airport was closed to civilian air traffic because of the attack, an airport official said. It was unclear whether the attack had damaged facilities inside the airport itself.
NEWS
April 6, 2001 | by Joseph R. Daughen Daily News Staff Writer
Councilman Jim Kenney wants to know if Rosenbluth International, the Philadelphia-based travel giant, was squeezed out of an airport contract it held for four years because it failed to donate money to Mayor Street's campaign. "The airport is a regional asset that contributes $6 billion to the area's economy and is not someone's personal domain to reward campaign contributors," said Kenney. "To take a company like Rosenbluth, which has been here since 1892 and has 1,200 employees, and boot it out because it didn't contribute or contributed to the wrong candidate is not a good sign to the business community.
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June 13, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
After two days of intense negotiations, airlines at Philadelphia International Airport and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) reached an agreement on "labor peace" language in a new five- to seven-year lease with the city. Beginning July 1, about 2,000 workers employed by airline subcontractors, including skycaps, wheelchair attendants, aircraft cabin cleaners, and baggage handlers, will be paid $12 an hour, in keeping with a "living wage" standard approved by Philadelphia voters in May 2014.
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June 12, 2015 | BY ANNIE PALMER, Daily News Staff Writer palmera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
A NEW LEASE agreement between Philadelphia International Airport and the airlines that use it will serve as more than just an economic stimulus. The lease, approved by City Council yesterday, ensures that airport subcontractors will pay workers $12 per hour as required in the living-wage standard passed by Mayor Nutter in January. The lease will take effect July 1. The agreement follows extensive discussion among the airport's chief executive officer, Mark Gale; SEIU Local 32BJ's vice president, Gabe Morgan; and American Airlines vice president of government and airport affairs Michael Minerva.
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June 11, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
The ability to connect small, midsize, and large communities by air is threatened as the nation's transportation infrastructure falls further behind because of insufficient funding, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Tuesday in Philadelphia. Foxx spoke to about 1,800 airport managers, vendors, and suppliers at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and lamented that U.S. airports "once state-of-the-art are now quickly becoming outdated. " Air traffic control equipment "requires a huge amount of reinvestment and replacement in the years ahead," Foxx told the American Association of Airport Executives at the group's annual meeting.
NEWS
June 6, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia City Council committee approved a bill Thursday to allow the city to pay $90 million for the 27-acre property known as International Plaza on Route 291 in Tinicum Township, Delaware County, as part of a long-range expansion of Philadelphia International Airport. The measure is expected to come up for a full City Council vote later this month. The city-owned Philadelphia airport appraised the property at $75 million in 2013. The current owners, affiliates of Angelo Gordon & Co. and Amerimar Enterprises Inc., appraised the site, which has two office buildings, at $101 million.
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June 5, 2015 | BY ANNIE PALMER, Daily News Staff Writer palmera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
SARINA SANTOS can't remember the last time she could afford to take her family out to dinner. What's fresh in her mind is the day, three weeks ago, when she was fired from her job as a baggage handler at Philadelphia International Airport. As a baggage handler, Santos was employed by PrimeFlight Aviation Services, a Nashville-based company that provides baggage handling, aircraft and terminal services to more than 40 airports across the country. Santos said she was fired from PrimeFlight on May 5 because she fought for higher wages - employees currently earn $7.25 per hour, which is below the city's minimum wage of $12. Her attendance, which she had been previously warned about, was cited by supervisors as the reason for her dismissal, she said.
NEWS
June 4, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sixt Rent A Car has purchased a building near Philadelphia International Airport for what will be the German company's first Philadelphia location, according to Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, which brokered the sale. The Munich-based car-rental firm bought the 84,471-square-foot industrial building at 3601 Island Ave. for $3.4 million from Pennock Co., NGKF said Tuesday in a release. NGKF also brokered the purchase of a nearby 104,000-square-foot warehouse by a company called Powers Court Partners for $3.48 million, it said in the release.
BUSINESS
June 3, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Although American, Delta, and United want to squelch the rapid U.S. growth of Persian Gulf airlines, Qatar Airways announced Monday that it will fly a larger wide-body aircraft daily between Philadelphia and Doha, the Qatari capital, starting Jan. 1, 2016. Qatar picked Philadelphia to be the first U.S. airport to fly its larger Airbus A350 XWB jet, which offers wider seats in business and economy classes, less engine noise, and mood lighting to reduce fatigue, the airline said. "Philadelphia is the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the U.S.A., and is an important international business hub that is home to seven Fortune 1000 companies," Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said in a statement.
NEWS
June 1, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A stab wound to the neck and multiple blunt-force injuries caused the death of the 40-year-old man whose body was found Thursday inside a suitcase near Philadelphia International Airport, according to the Delaware County Medical Examiner's Office. The death of Scott Stephen Bernheisel, of Philadelphia, has thus been ruled a homicide, the Medical Examiner's Office said. Bernheisel's remains were found by a man walking on the 1000 block of Second Street in Tinicum Township. Bernheisel's 140-pound body was stuffed inside a red leather suitcase about 20 feet off the roadway, authorities said.
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May 31, 2015 | By Caroline Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Seventy years after the end of World War II, military aircraft from the era live on to connect people with the nation's - and in many cases, their family's - history. The Commemorative Air Force, devoted to U.S. military aviation history, has brought four planes to the Northeast Philadelphia Airport for a five-day AirPower History Tour, on display through Sunday. Visitors may enter the aircraft where they are parked or take 30-minute flights, though those can cost more than $1,000.
NEWS
May 29, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
ONE TINICUM Township man decided to take advantage of yesterday's balmy weather and go on a quick walk with his dog near Philadelphia International Airport. But what was meant to be a short trip turned into a much longer ordeal for the dog walker, who stumbled upon the remains of another man stuffed inside a Samsonite suitcase, according to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office. Investigators last night were working to learn more about the victim, a white man in his 20s, as well as his cause of death, said Emily Harris, a spokeswoman for the D.A.'s Office.
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