August 30, 2016 |
With the long-awaited $5.4 billion Panama Canal expansion completed and allowing bigger ships to carry more cargo through the waterway, some of those larger vessels are now coming to the Port of Philadelphia. Mediterranean Shipping Co. began a new freight route Aug. 3, hauling fruit and "dry" cargoes such as tires, wood products, wine, sugar, and cocoa beans from Chile and Peru through the canal's new traffic lane, with a stop in Freeport, Bahamas, and then in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, which owns 15 piers and terminals on the Delaware River, puts the economic impact of MSC's new route at $21.8 million in annual personal income and $5.7 million in state, local, and federal taxes.
April 22, 2016 |
Spirit Airlines has resumed summer seasonal flights from Atlantic City International Airport to Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, and Detroit. The daily nonstop flights began last week and will operate until the fall. Spirit, which flies from Philadelphia to seven cities, will add daily nonstop routes from Philadelphia to Detroit and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., starting April 29. The Miramar, Fla.-based carrier, which offers lower base airfares but charges passengers extra for virtually everything including a carry-on bag, began a nonstop daily flight from Philadelphia to Los Angeles International Airport on April 14. Spirit also started a new flight last week between Philadelphia and Minneapolis-St.
January 3, 2015 |
Shortly after 10:30 a.m., with the pretzel-eating spectators jammed four deep in front of the Union League, there was an only-in-Philly moment. The Oregon wench brigade was marching up Broad Street from South Philadelphia - a squadron of burly fellows who, despite the pastel frocks, were not really going for the feminine look. Headed the other direction was the LGBT Liaison Committee, which included a half-dozen glittery drag queens - or, as some prefer to be called, female impersonators.
December 12, 2014
THEY FLOATED in like driftwood, coming to shore in the subterranean hall of the Mummers Museum, the art deco depository of Mummers lore, law and love. Many wore colorful windbreakers adorned with the names of their storied clubs - Quaker City, Duffy, Woodland, Murray. Wednesday was the night of the annual Roundup, where Mummers get "The Word" from "The City" about plans for "The Parade. " It began with handshakes and half hugs as the families came together for a sit-down - the four divisions, the 29 clubs, the thousands they represent.
March 8, 2014 |
The new American Airlines Group Inc. is continuing to tweak its schedule as it looks ahead to combining US Airways and American, which will be Philadelphia's dominant airline. The latest evidence is the addition of three new nonstop destinations out of Philadelphia to Charleston, W.Va.; Memphis, and Lexington, Ky., announced by American and US Airways on Thursday. The flight additions would seem to bode well for the future of Philadelphia International Airport as a hub for the new American, the world's largest airline by passenger traffic, ahead of United and Delta airlines.
December 20, 2013 |
Airline pilots, flight attendants, an industry trade group, and U.S. lawmakers were in Philadelphia on Wednesday to protest a decision by the Department of Homeland Security to open a U.S. Customs preclearance facility in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan (R., Pa.) has cosponsored legislation signed by 120 lawmakers, including Reps. James Gerlach (R., Pa.) and Robert Brady (D., Pa.), that would block funding for the facility the Emirates government has agreed to build.
May 8, 2013 |
Qatar Airways will add Philadelphia to its nonstop routes next year, making the city the carrier's fifth gateway in the United States. Qatar Airways chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker announced new routes on three continents Monday at the opening day of a Middle East travel exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The airline flies to 126 destinations worldwide from its hub in Doha, the capital of Qatar, which borders Saudi Arabia. "Philadelphia is one of the major hubs of the soon-to-be merged American Airlines/US Airways and will provide Qatar Airways' customers with onward connections to over 100 cities," Al Baker said in a statement.
August 3, 2012 |
METETI, Panama - Led by smugglers armed with knives and machetes, Mayra Reyes and 14 other Cubans sloshed through swamps and rivers and suffered hordes of mosquitoes as they struggled across the Darien Gap between Panama and Colombia, the only north-south stretch of the Americas to defy road-builders. After walking for three days, the group reached the foot of a steep, scrubby mountain. There, the smugglers peeled away and told the Cubans they would have to press ahead alone. "I thought I was going to have a heart attack," the hairdresser from Havana told the Associated Press.
November 28, 2011
PHILADELPHIA Goodbye to C bus? SEPTA will hold a public hearing tomorrow on a proposal to discontinue the C bus routes and replace them with two new routes. The C bus runs on Broad Street from Pattison Avenue, in South Philadelphia, to Cheltenham and Ogontz avenues, on the Montgomery County border. A separate C spur route runs between Broad Street and Rising Sun Avenue to Nedro Avenue and 11th Street, in Olney. The plan is to create a Route 4 to run between 11th Street and Nedro Avenue to AT&T Station at Broad and Pattison.
November 28, 2011 |
TOMORROW, SEPTA will hold a public hearing regarding bus Route C. Their plan is to eliminate Route C in its entirety and to create two new routes out of it. The "Cheltenham" division of Route C would be rebranded as Route 4, and the "11th and Nedro" division of Route C would be re-branded as Route 16. The reason for this change is to eliminate confusion between the two distinct branches. Currently, Route C operates from the Cheltenham and Ogontz Loop, in Cheltenham Township, to the intersection of 15th & Market Streets, in Center City.