May 3, 2012 |
Philadelphia International Airport has been rated the third worst out of the nation's 22 top airports in a new survey. LaGuardia (LGA) and Los Angeles International (LAX) are ranked as the first and second worst airports, respectively, in a survey or readers by Travel + Leisure magazine. Here's what Travel + Leisure said about PHL: Philadelphia's airport is singled out for a lousy design and lack of cleanliness (20th), surly staff (20th), and long check-in and security lines (20th)
March 24, 2016
Workers at Philadelphia International Airport postponed a planned strike Tuesday and instead arranged to hold a vigil Wednesday in honor of those killed in terrorist attacks in the Brussels airport and subway.At least 30 were killed Tuesday in suicide bomb attacks in the Belgian capital. Islamic State claimed responsibility. "As workers at highly sensitive airports around the country, they are well aware of the dangers and risks that unfortunately continue to be a threat," the Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ said in a statement.
March 1, 2012 |
Philadelphia International Airport was shut down for half-an-hour this morning when a man crashed through a gate in an SUV and drove onto the airfield. Kenneth Richard Mazik, 24, of Chadds Ford, was allegedly drunk when he rammed a black Jeep Cherokee about 11:13 a.m. through Gate 25 at the west end of the airport, police said. Mazik quickly was taken into custody and the Jeep did not reach any of the runways, where planes were landing and taking off. Officials immediately closed the airport.
February 28, 2014 |
The first US Airways airplane painted in the new American Airlines colors came through Philadelphia Wednesday - Flight 1770 from Atlanta, arriving at 10:37 a.m., at Philadelphia International Airport's Gate B9. It took 13 days and 80 gallons of paint to remove the old US Airways colors, sand, wash, seal seams, repaint, stencil and detail the Airbus A319. In all, 300 US Airways and 350 American aircraft will get a similar makeover. "The integration of our airlines, including painting the rest of the US Airways fleet, will take many months," said American president Scott Kirby.
November 20, 2013 |
US Airways Group Inc. announced Monday new nonstop daily flights between Philadelphia and Scotland's capital city of Edinburgh, beginning in May. When the service begins May 23, Philadelphia's dominant airline, which transports more than 70 percent of air travelers who use the airport, will fly to 19 trans-Atlantic destinations from Philadelphia International Airport. The Edinburgh flights will be seasonal, between May 23 and Oct. 1, 2014. The airline will operate 176-seat Boeing 757 aircraft.
August 9, 2013 |
A DRUNK Italian sparked a sky emergency Wednesday night when he threatened the flight crew on his Barcelona-bound plane, prompting the pilot to U-turn to Philadelphia, authorities said. The scare started when Massimo Fiorani, 35, staggered up the aisle toward the bathroom as US Airways Flight 742 ascended out of Philadelphia on its way to Spain just before 8 p.m., according to an affidavit. A flight attendant approached Fiorani and asked him to return to his seat. When the attendant placed a hand on his shoulder, Fiorani allegedly threatened to kill him. Several passengers scrambled to help crew members restrain him in flexible handcuffs, an investigator wrote.
June 16, 2016 |
The state Office of Open Records says reports of fund-raising for next month's Democratic National Convention need to be made public sooner, not later. The office rejected arguments by the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development (PAID), the agency that guaranteed a $15 million line of credit for the convention's host committee. As part of that deal, the host committee promised to file quarterly fund-raising reports to PAID, complete with donor names, amounts, and spending.
January 15, 2012
Michael A. Nutter is mayor of Philadelphia Rina Cutler is deputy mayor for transportation and public utilities It's time for the city and airlines that serve Philadelphia International Airport to work together to end the chronic delays that cost our passengers too much money and time. When passengers learn that their plane is 20th in line for take-off, they are annoyed and the airlines are rightly unhappy about the costly jet fuel wasted. Since 1999, PHL has been among the top 10 most-delayed airports in the nation.
March 10, 2003
DAILY NEWS reporter Don Russell scoffed at the airport's use of Hummers. He obviously has not seen our remote topography where 75 deer were living on wooded, uneven terrain a few years ago. We chase geese and deer away from our runways because an animal ingested into a jet engine can cause millions of dollars in damage and untold human casualties. Hummers help our employees monitor 12 miles of fence line, portions of which are otherwise inaccessible. These inspections were prioritized by the events of 9/11.
May 12, 2014 |
The readers and I appear to be in agreement. That is, we are equally underwhelmed with Philadelphia's efforts to promote itself. As I noted in a recent column, our region has two slogans: One lousy, the other meh. They are so underwhelming that many people, myself included, forget them. Which is probably not the goal. But here's what I learned since writing that column. There are plenty of million-dollar ideas out there. And they don't have to come from tourism officials with million-dollar budgets.