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June 18, 2005 | By Tom Belden INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If you're a passenger arriving at Terminal F at Philadelphia International Airport, where should you go to be picked up by friends or relatives? The correct answer is Terminal E. But you'd never know that from the signs at the airport - a problem airport management promises to fix within three months. Terminal F is the only one at the airport with the baggage-claim area adjacent to the departures roadway rather than the road for arrivals. At the departure point, passengers can be dropped off but can't be picked up - at least not legally - by buses, vans, taxis or private vehicles.
BUSINESS
June 11, 2010 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia International Airport is set for $535 million in renovations, including a $135 million face-lift to commuter Terminal F. When the terminal, designed for smaller jets and turboprops, opened in 2001, US Airways Group Inc. flew 158 daily Express round-trips out of Terminal F. Today the airline has 293 daily Express flights here, most of them out of Terminal F, but some using other airport gates. One-fifth of the airport's 30.6 million passengers last year started or ended trips there.
BUSINESS
March 12, 1997 | By Tom Belden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For any long-suffering US Airways passengers who may have waited an hour or more to retrieve checked luggage at Philadelphia International Airport, relief is on the way. Philadelphia's dominant airline expects to flip the switch tomorrow on two new baggage carousels designed to deliver luggage into waiting passengers' hands faster than the dilapidated, 20-year-old facilities now in use. The $32 million system can handle 40 percent more bags...
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August 3, 2008 | By Linda Loyd INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two years ago, getting a checked bag from a US Airways flight in Philadelphia was a nightmare. Passengers routinely waited an hour or more at baggage claim. Last summer, lines of international passengers from Europe and the Caribbean with bags to be rechecked to connecting flights snaked back into the U.S. Customs area, causing gridlock, missed flights and flared tempers. Today, US Airways is solidly on its way to fixing the mess. The 45- to 60-minute wait at baggage claim at Philadelphia International Airport has been cut to 25 minutes or less from the time a plane hits the gate.
BUSINESS
June 24, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
It used to be you'd circle the airport loop, get chased away from baggage claim by police, or park precariously on the shoulder of ramps and roadways including I-95 and Route 291. That was before Philadelphia International Airport opened a convenient 150-space cellphone waiting lot in December 2009 on airport property - just one minute from the terminals. Great. Terrific. Handy. Easy to find. And, best of all, free. Drivers interviewed among the 80 to 100 cars streaming into the lot Wednesday afternoon were enthusiastic.
NEWS
August 16, 1994 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / RON TARVER
A new airport policy had limousine drivers circling City Hall in protest yesterday. Jeff Britton, of U.S.A. Limousine Service, was among those upset at waiting by baggage claim rather than in front of terminals.
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November 24, 1992 | By Tom Belden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia International Airport officials are advising departing airline passengers to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes before their flights are scheduled to leave during the Thanksgiving holidays. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after the holiday normally are the two busiest travel days of the year for airlines, Amtrak, bus companies and on the highway. Because of the number of travelers expected, parking could be in short supply at times, officials said.
BUSINESS
March 28, 1995 | By Tom Belden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Get ready for new holding patterns at Philadelphia International Airport. Not in the sky, but on the ground. The airport, oft bemoaned for its user-unfriendliness, on Saturday will launch a key early phase of its massive project to reconstruct the baggage- claim buildings, ticket lobbies and retail-concession areas of the B and C Terminals, used by USAir. The project starts with the rebuilding and expansion of the baggage-claim areas, and that will require a two-year shutdown of the road on the south side of the B and C claim buildings used by van, limo and bus traffic.
NEWS
September 7, 1986
Inquirer contributing writer Dan Rottenberg's Aug. 25 Op-ed Page article "There's a Catch-22 in airport parking" was not only a great piece of writing but an important message to the city traffic engineers. I had a similar experience a few weeks ago when our daughter-in-law arrived on an emergency visit with her 4-year-old son, 4-month-old daughter and all the necessary baggage and paraphernalia for two kids. I parked the car at the baggage-claim parking area ("load and unload, three-minute limit, driver must stay with car")
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September 27, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
PHILLY'S OWN Jill Scott likes not being Jill Scott, if only for a little while. She hits the big screen tomorrow in "Baggage Claim," playing Gail, the cheeky best friend to Paula Patton 's lovelorn flight attendant who doesn't realize that love might not require a boarding pass. Saucy Gail is quite different from songstress Scott or even the Jill Scott who has inhabited other roles, like Precious in "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" or Sheila in "Why Did I Get Married?"
BUSINESS
June 24, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
It used to be you'd circle the airport loop, get chased away from baggage claim by police, or park precariously on the shoulder of ramps and roadways including I-95 and Route 291. That was before Philadelphia International Airport opened a convenient 150-space cellphone waiting lot in December 2009 on airport property - just one minute from the terminals. Great. Terrific. Handy. Easy to find. And, best of all, free. Drivers interviewed among the 80 to 100 cars streaming into the lot Wednesday afternoon were enthusiastic.
NEWS
September 23, 2011 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's part of getting passengers, and their bags, on and off planes more efficiently. About 900 US Airways Group flights come and go at Philadelphia International Airport each day, and those planes are serviced by ground equipment, like baggage tugs and catering trucks. To improve getting bags to and from planes, and with less down time for equipment maintenance, US Airways on Friday opened a $22 million ground-service equipment shop, at the west end of the airport in Tinicum Township.
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October 10, 2010 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
Cell phones are supposed to make communication easier, but it doesn't work that way for the Flying Scottolines. We reach out and touch - nothing. It begins when I pick up Mother Mary/Maria at the airport, or at least I'm supposed to. I'm there early, confounded by the hi-tech Arrivals screen. It's guaranteed that no Arrivals screen will give you a quick answer to when anyone is arriving. Why? Because as soon as you manage to locate the Departure City on the lists, the lists shift upward.
BUSINESS
June 11, 2010 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia International Airport is set for $535 million in renovations, including a $135 million face-lift to commuter Terminal F. When the terminal, designed for smaller jets and turboprops, opened in 2001, US Airways Group Inc. flew 158 daily Express round-trips out of Terminal F. Today the airline has 293 daily Express flights here, most of them out of Terminal F, but some using other airport gates. One-fifth of the airport's 30.6 million passengers last year started or ended trips there.
NEWS
August 3, 2008 | By Linda Loyd INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two years ago, getting a checked bag from a US Airways flight in Philadelphia was a nightmare. Passengers routinely waited an hour or more at baggage claim. Last summer, lines of international passengers from Europe and the Caribbean with bags to be rechecked to connecting flights snaked back into the U.S. Customs area, causing gridlock, missed flights and flared tempers. Today, US Airways is solidly on its way to fixing the mess. The 45- to 60-minute wait at baggage claim at Philadelphia International Airport has been cut to 25 minutes or less from the time a plane hits the gate.
NEWS
December 31, 2006
Baggage delays persist I read with amazement the front-page article on US Airways improved baggage handling at Philadelphia International Airport ("Airline baggage service is better," Dec. 24). I am a frequent business traveler, and I have seen no improvement in the baggage-claim customer service provided by US Airways. I frequently wait 45 minutes for my bag after taking a 50-minute flight. In addition, flights due to arrive three hours later are on the monitor in baggage claim, while my flight that arrived is never even listed on the monitor.
NEWS
November 27, 2006 | By Lea Sitton Stanley INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Frank Ermilio needed only a word to describe his US Airways travel last night: "Uneventful. " "It was a real treat," wife Barbara said as the Center City couple waited around 5:30 p.m. for the baggage carousel at Philadelphia International Airport to deliver their suitcases. The pair said that other than a runway delay of an hour on their Wednesday departure for Puerto Rico, the trip had run smoothly. "That's music to my ears," US Airways spokeswoman Andrea Rader said, chuckling with delight.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2006 | By Tom Belden INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
publicly and repeatedly - this fall that it will fix the service problems that have bedeviled its customers at Philadelphia International Airport. This week will show whether the airline has done it. The Thanksgiving holiday period from today through Monday, Nov. 27, is traditionally one of the busiest travel times of the year, in the air and on the ground. About 764,000 passengers, more than 60 percent of them US Airways customers, are expected to use Philadelphia airport from today through Nov. 29, airport spokesman Mark Pesce said.
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