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August 28, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
To accommodate passengers and employees at Philadelphia International Airport during the pope's visit, SEPTA will run its Airport Regional Rail Line in and out of the city every 30 minutes all day and evening, but with stops at only two other stations. In interviews Wednesday, SEPTA officials described rail- and bus-route adjustments for people leaving the airport on Sept. 26 and 27, and for workers and travelers heading there. The Airport Line will be an express to University City and Jefferson Stations.
BUSINESS
August 15, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was a pipe dream hatched by firefighters at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida: to build a 9/11 memorial at the NASA center to honor the hundreds of firefighters and others killed when the World Trade Center towers collapsed in a terrorist attack. And they wanted to add an artifact - a 7-foot-long steel beam - recovered from the rubble at the towers. The space center firefighters raised the money to build a pair of concrete scale replicas of the twin towers. But persuading the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to give them the relic took several years.
NEWS
August 13, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Standard & Poor's downgraded its "A+" rating to "A" on Philadelphia International Airport's revenue bonds. The ratings agency said the outlook was "stable" for the airport's debt. "The downgrade reflects our assessments of PHL's additional borrowing plans," S&P credit analyst Joseph Pezzimenti said. He cited "high carrier concentration, moderately high exposure to connecting traffic, marginal S&P adjusted debt-service coverage, relatively weak liquidity position, and moderately high airline cost structure.
NEWS
July 15, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
GOD KNOWS we all make mistakes, but there's one phrase you probably should never utter at an airport-security checkpoint: "Ohhh man, I forgot that was in there!" (OK, also maybe a few others, like anything that involves cupping your hands around your mouth and yelling, "Hey everybody . . . !" But we digress.) In the post-9/11 world, firearms and explosives obviously sit at the top of any list of items that can't be stuffed into your carry-on bag. But statistics show that the number of firearms confiscated at airport-security checkpoints across the country has been climbing steadily for seven years, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
NEWS
July 2, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
WITH MUCH fanfare, a new airport lease agreement came in for a final and smooth landing yesterday after a somewhat turbulent journey to Mayor Nutter's desk. Nutter and City Council President Darrell Clarke jointly signed the five-year lease between Philadelphia International Airport and the airlines that use the city-owned facility. Under the lease agreement, effective today, airline subcontractors must pay $12 an hour to about 2,000 airport workers, including baggage handlers, aircraft cabin cleaners and wheelchair attendants.
BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
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.
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