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December 17, 2015
In the Region Airport leadership team set Mayor-elect Jim Kenney announced Tuesday the leadership team at Philadelphia International Airport that will work with new airport CEO Chellie Cameron, whom Kenney on Dec. 3 appointed to the top job, effective after he officially becomes the city's leader on Jan. 4. Folasade "Sade" A. Olanipekun-Lewis, chief financial officer for City Council President Darrell L. Clarke, will shift to the newly created...
BUSINESS
December 2, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mark E. Gale, CEO of the Philadelphia International Airport for seven of his nearly 28 years working at the airport, will retire early in 2016. For more than 20 of those years, Gale worked a variety of jobs overseeing airport operations and facilities. Mayor Nutter, who appointed Gale to the CEO post in 2009, made the retirement announcement Monday and called him "an outstanding leader. " "As the city has grown into a world-class destination, Mark has kept Philadelphia International on pace to address the needs of today's air travelers," Nutter said.
NEWS
November 26, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
As travelers pass through airports on their way to visit their families this Thanksgiving, they should take note of the people pushing grandma's wheelchair, loading dad's golf clubs, or quietly mopping the terminal. These are some of the people who have been bypassed by a recovering economy. They suffer disproportionately from stagnant wages that have about 5 percent less buying power than they did five years ago. They are struggling to feed and shelter their families on wages that put them at or near the poverty line.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2015 | Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney said Thursday he favors a $15 an hour minimum wage in Philadelphia, but thinks the "best way" to get that is for workers to organize in labor unions and collectively bargain with employers. Kenney, whose father was a unionized firefighter, told more than 200 cheering nonunion Philadelphia International Airport workers that when he takes office in January "some things are going to change around here. " Private firms that have contracts with airlines to provide skycaps, wheelchair attendants, baggage handlers and aircraft cabin cleaners - the nonunion workers in the protest - will be required to pay their employees $12 an hour.
NEWS
November 20, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
HUNDREDS OF THE lowest-paid employees at Philadelphia International Airport walked off the job for 24 hours starting late Wednesday night to protest for higher pay and better working conditions. Although the work action by nonunionized employees of three companies that have subcontracts with airlines did not disrupt flights, said a spokeswomen for the airport and its largest tenant, American Airlines, the workers drew influential allies to their cause. A handful of City Council members were at the airport yesterday morning to stand with the baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, wheelchair attendants and others - as was Mayor-elect Jim Kenney.
NEWS
November 5, 2015
ISSUE | AIRPORT SECURITY Maddening delay After a nearly 10-hour flight from a wonderful vacation in Italy, my wife and I stood in line Thursday at Philadelphia International Airport for more than an hour. We waited with more than 200 fellow travelers to use the new kiosk system to clear security and customs. Many of the kiosks were not working, and the process was unfamiliar and frustrating. The staff tried to be supportive, but they admitted the system was overwhelmed when two or three flights arrived at the same time.
NEWS
October 10, 2015 | By Khalil Williams, Inquirer Staff Writer
John Barrett knows about flying. His brother worked on airplanes and flew in helicopters during the Vietnam War. And Barrett flew with a buddy years ago while the man was working toward his commercial pilot's license. But the 55-year-old software trainer from Glenmoore, Chester County, had never seen aircraft like this before. "The people who [fly] these things, I couldn't imagine [flying] them myself," Barrett said. Barrett was at the Chester County G.O. Carlson Airport in Coatesville on Thursday as the "Wings of Freedom" tour was in the second day of its three-day exhibition.
NEWS
September 13, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia International Airport will receive a $100,000 federal grant to improve signs and signals at an intersection of a runway and a taxiway. The Federal Aviation Administration said the grant "is for designing and modifying the marking and signage for the intersection of Runway 35 and Taxiway S. " The north-south runway is known as 17-35, and the improvements are part of "a national initiative to identify airport risk factors that might contribute to runway incursions," said FAA spokeswoman Arlene Salac.
BUSINESS
September 2, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Airline passengers flying into Philadelphia the week before Pope Francis' visit will be able to purchase a regular fare ticket on the SEPTA's Regional Rail Airport Line to go from Philadelphia International Airport to Center City. On Sept. 26 and Sept. 27, when the pope will be here, SEPTA will sell rail passes for the train outside Tranportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints in Terminals A, B, C and D. The Papal Passes will be available at the airport only on Saturday and Sunday, SEPTA said.
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