August 11, 2016 |
The term "dog days of summer" has new meaning at Philadelphia International and other U.S. airports. A new federal rule, as of last Thursday, requires U.S. airports receiving federal financial aid to provide pet potties inside airport terminals, in areas past security. The law, titled Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Air Travel, mandates that airports with 10,000 or more annual passengers provide indoor wheelchair-accessible pet-relief areas convenient to airline gates for service animals that accompany passengers departing, connecting, or arriving on flights.
August 10, 2016 |
Delta Air Lines grounded flights worldwide for nearly six hours Monday, snarling flights for hundreds of thousands during the busy summer travel season because of an equipment problem. Shortly before 9 a.m., Delta said the ground stop was lifted, and limited departures were resuming, but delays and cancellations would continue. As of 1:30 p.m., Delta said it had canceled 451 flights due to a power outage, while operating about 1,679 of its nearly 6,000 scheduled for Monday. At Philadelphia International Airport, Steven Bowles, of Allentown, arrived at 7:45 a.m. for a 10:20 a.m. Delta flight.
August 9, 2016 |
When US Airways and American Airlines merged to create the world's largest airline, CEO Doug Parker said all nine hubs would be important to the new American. Four years later, that's still true. Philadelphia continues to be American's European "gateway" with 425 daily departures, and a total of 850 takeoffs and landings each day. Philadelphia is the fourth-largest hub in the network of American, the world's biggest carrier measured by passenger traffic. But the airline has reduced seat capacity at PHL as it reacts to competition and changing priorities - part of routine adjustments, said American, and in no way a reflection on its commitment to Philadelphia, where it employs 8,500 people.
July 30, 2016 |
Friday will be one of the busiest travel days of the year at Philadelphia International Airport, when most DNC delegates and visitors will be heading home. The airlines, Philadelphia airport, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) say they will have extra staff on hand to answer questions, handle security screening, and get travelers to their gates. TSA offered travel tips Thursday for airline passengers departing the Democratic National Convention : arrive at least two hours before domestic flights and three hours ahead of international flights and allow extra time for traffic, parking, rental car returns, and airline check-in.
July 24, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney announced an agreement Friday night for workers at Philadelphia International Airport who were threatening a strike during the Democratic National Convention to form a union. Kenney said he and Gov. Wolf had brought SEIU 32BJ, which has been trying to unionize the workers, together with American Airlines to work out a deal. "Beginning today and into next week, 32BJ and American will be working together on such an agreement and to ensure the smooth operation of the airport as thousands of delegates from around the country convene for the Democratic National Convention," Kenney said in a statement.
July 23, 2016
At least 10 clergy members were arrested Thursday during a sit-in at Philadelphia Internal Airport to protest the low wages and treatment of workers subcontracted by American Airlines. Members of the interfaith activist group Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild (POWER) staged the sit-in outside the TSA checkpoint in Terminal B. After being issued several warning to leave, eight men and two women were arrested and later issued citations, police said. The demonstration was peaceful and no one was hurt.
July 23, 2016 |
Spirit Airlines said Thursday that it will begin daily nonstop flights from Philadelphia to Orlando, beginning Oct. 7. Spirit now flies nonstop from Philadelphia International Airport to eight cities: Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Myrtle Beach, S.C. "Spirit's new non-stop service to Orlando will provide a travel option that our budget-conscious travelers will appreciate," said...
July 23, 2016 |
Passengers on American Airlines Flight 1822 headed to Philadelphia were forced to evacuate Thursday afternoon while on the taxiway at Palm Beach International Airport in Florida due to a "maintenance issue," American said. The Airbus 320 with 133 passengers and five crew evacuated the aircraft on the tarmac, using emergency slides, about 3:30 p.m. Fourteen passengers and three flight attendants sustained minor injuries and were taken to local hospitals, American spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said.
July 21, 2016 |
About 600 members and supporters of Service Employees International Union marched peacefully Tuesday, chanting and waving union banners along Philadelphia International Airport's departures roadway and demanding higher wages and better working conditions for nonunion PHL workers. Six busloads of demonstrators wearing purple "32BJ SEIU" T-shirts arrived in buses outside Terminal A and marched to Terminal F. They were escorted by Philadelphia police and sat, at one point, in front of Terminal C for speeches.
July 14, 2016 |
Frontier Airlines will discontinue 10 seasonal routes from Philadelphia International Airport at the end of October. Denver-based Frontier, which added flights to new cities from Philadelphia this spring, will drop nonstop flights in the winter season to Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus, Ohio; Chicago; Nashville, Tenn.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Kansas City, Mo.; Milwaukee; San Antonio, Texas; and St. Augustine, Fla., at the end of October. Remaining will be Frontier's flights from Philadelphia to 10 other cities: Austin, Texas; Denver; Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Cancun, Mexico; Miami, Orlando, and Tampa, Fla.; New Orleans; and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.