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August 27, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
American Airlines and its merger partner, US Airways, are renovating a warehouse at Philadelphia International Airport to include refrigeration for pharmaceuticals and other health-care products. When it opens this fall, the temperature-controlled plant will be able to handle four to five times the current amount of perishable, time-sensitive, and valuable airfreight, including vaccines and blood products, that arrive and leave in the belly of planes on US Airways and American passenger flights.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
For 20 years, Richard Schwarz rented cars at affordable rates on weekends at Philadelphia International Airport. By combining airline promotions, frequent-flier miles, and deals offered by the rental companies, the Center City resident said he could snag a weekend bargain starting at $15 or $16 a day. No longer. It just got $8 a day more expensive to rent a car at Philadelphia airport. The Pennsylvania legislature approved, and Gov. Corbett signed into law in November, a transportation funding bill that included an $8-a-day "customer facility charge" to pay for the design, construction, and eventual operation of a consolidated car-rental facility.
NEWS
June 11, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
The low-paid airport workers who cheered when Mayor Nutter signed an executive order in May that extended minimum wage benefits to subcontractors such as them are not cheering anymore. Three weeks have passed since the mayor's order, applying the $10.88 minimum wage requirement to subcontractors, went into effect. But the paychecks of many of those airport workers still reflect $7.50 hourly wages. The order applies to any bids or proposals issued after May 20, and starting Jan. 1, all proposals and contracts will include a $12-an-hour minimum wage requirement.
BUSINESS
May 16, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
The price tag for the long-discussed expansion of Philadelphia International Airport, including a controversial new runway, has grown to a total $7.47 billion - more than $1 billion above the last estimate. CH2M Hill, the Denver-based engineering and construction firm hired by the city to lead the project-management team, recalculated the numbers based on 2013 dollars. The old tab, $6.4 billion, was based on 2010 financial data. The Federal Aviation Administration's original estimate was $5.2 billion in 2005.
NEWS
May 12, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is a peaceful neighborhood, filled with the sounds of chirping birds, barking dogs, and children playing on manicured lawns. Until an airplane takes off or roars in for a landing. The constant rumble of engines at Philadelphia International Airport is part of the sound track of Tinicum Township, Delaware County, home to 4,000 people and two-thirds of the airport. For years, it also was a reminder of the looming threat that the city of Philadelphia would seize and raze 72 houses in Tinicum as part of a massive expansion project.
BUSINESS
May 11, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Government agencies, car rental companies, restaurants, and airlines at Philadelphia International Airport will hire 200 workers to fill airport jobs at a job fair on Monday in North Philadelphia. More than 30 airport employers and agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration, Transportation Security Administration, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, are prepared to hire on the spot to fill jobs as customer service representatives, sales associates, bartenders, managers, and assistant managers, cashiers, and more, the airport said.
NEWS
May 7, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
THE NUTTER administration yesterday announced an agreement with the Philadelphia International Airport's suburban neighbors that could settle four lawsuits, save the homes of 300 Tinicum Township residents and allow a $6.4 billion infrastructure plan for the airport to move forward. The settlement, which would end an eight-year dispute among the city, the township, Delaware County and the Interboro School District, calls on the airport to pay $1.86 million annually to the other three entities, plus a onetime payment of $500,000.
BUSINESS
May 7, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
The City of Philadelphia, Delaware County, and Tinicum Township announced a multimillion-dollar financial settlement Monday in long-simmering tensions between the city-owned Philadelphia International Airport and its municipal neighbors over a massive plan to expand the airport. The tentative agreement, announced by Mayor Nutter, airport CEO Mark Gale, Delaware County Council, Tinicum officials, and U.S. Reps. Patrick Meehan and Robert Brady, includes funding to ensure "continuity of tax revenues" for the Delaware County neighbors.
BUSINESS
May 5, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's summer in the city, almost, and US Airways' largest international gateway at Philadelphia International Airport is gearing up. Flights to five seasonal destinations - Athens, Glasgow, Venice, Barcelona, and Lisbon - recently took off. On May 23, Shannon, in Ireland, and Edinburgh will launch. Frankfurt is getting a second daily US Airways flight on Thursday. That is in addition to Lufthansa Airlines' year-round service to Frankfurt. This summer, US Airways will have 20 daily departures to 19 cities in Europe and the Middle East, plus flights to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Canada.
NEWS
May 2, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia International Airport was experiencing weather-related arrival and departure delays Wednesday, with arriving flights averaging delays of up to two hours due to low clouds and some rain, said airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica. The US Airways hub control center at the airport said the Federal Aviation Administration has implemented a ground delay program for Philadelphia, with arrival delays of up to 111 minutes possible, said airline spokesman Todd Lehmacher. "Heavy rain that is forecast Wednesday afternoon could impact that further," he said.
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