April 5, 2013 |
THE FIRST group of passengers on a new Dallas-to-Philly Spirit Airlines route didn't get to meet the mayor as planned on Thursday. They didn't even land in Philadelphia. City leadership and airlines executives had planned on welcoming travelers at Philadelphia International Airport before delayed Federal Aviation Administration paperwork re-routed the flight Thursday. Instead, passengers were flown to Atlantic City and bussed to Philly. "The Philadelphia authorization has taken longer than expected, and today marks the first time that an inaugural flight has not operated as scheduled," said Spirit spokeswomen Misty Pinson, adding that the airline followed the same procedures with FAA paperwork as it had in adding service to dozens of new airports over the past 14 months.
December 3, 2010 |
A $5.3 billion expansion of Philadelphia's airport - which the Nutter administration sees as vital to the region's growth - is being met with concerns from two airlines, and some nearby neighbors in Tinicum Township. Those concerns, presented with support from Delaware County officials and soon-to-be U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan, were expressed clearly Thursday at a City Council committee hearing. US Airways Group Inc. and Southwest Airlines Co. object to costs they will bear to pay for the expansion, and Tinicum residents are fuming over property that will be lost to a portion of the development.
August 22, 2002
YOUR AUG. 15 editorial would have been compelling - if all of the facts had been presented. The supposition that the reduction of US Airways traffic penetration at Philadelphia International Airport would increase competition is extremely misguided. The fact that this ridiculous argument has also been advanced by city Councilman James Kenney should not come as any surprise. His political career in recent years could be likened to "fire . . . ready . . . aim. " Recall PHL's international service in the late 1980s.
June 2, 2002 |
Eight attractions have been added to the list of historic sites covered by the Great British Heritage Pass, which grants admission to hundreds of historic sites across the United Kingdom. The additions are the Wellington Arch in London's Hyde Park Corner; Pembroke Castle in South Wales; Birdoswald, a fort along Hadrian's Wall; Ripley Castle in Yorkshire; Elcho Castle in Perthshire, Scotland; Argyll's Lodging, a Renaissance mansion in Scotland; Doune Castle, which figured in a Monty Python movie, in Perthshire; and Cairnpapple Hill, a Neolithic site near Bathgate, Scotland.
November 10, 2009
A.C. airport is just part of the solution I would like to clarify a recent article ("PHL solution: Fly Jersey," Thursday) that cites my position on expansion of Atlantic City International Airport as "the perfect solution to the limited room for growth at Philadelphia International. " My position has always been that all parties need to come together and find a less costly, safer, and less harmful solution to the delays at Philadelphia International. Exploring integrating regional airports, such as Atlantic City, Lehigh Valley, and Wilmington, is just one option.
October 6, 2008 |
I had the rare opportunity last week to attend a "media day" at a major airline. These events, which only a few airlines put on, allow those who write about the business to hear executives describe what the carrier is doing to draw more customers, what some of its plans are, and how a bad economy is affecting it. Back in March, I reported from US Airways' event at its Arizona headquarters. There, rising oil prices were a worry, but didn't dominate the day as they would a few months later.
July 22, 2002 |
IN THE POST-9/11 world, the federal government has poured loads of money into air safety. But some has been so misspent by the FAA that it puts fliers using Philadelphia International Airport in real danger. Late last month, I looked into the Federal Aviation Administration's program - bureaucratically dubbed "Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System," mercifully called STARS for short. What a misnomer. Its purpose is noble: Replace an aged FAA air-control system with new color displays, processors and software at nearly 400 military and civilian airports.
February 28, 2012
Here are the Phillies games to be shown on PHL17: March 11 vs. Detroit Tigers. . . 1:05 p.m. March 25 vs. Baltimore Orioles. . . 1:05 p.m. March 31 vs. Toronto Blue Jays . . . . . . 1:05 p.m. April 5 at Pittsburgh Pirates . . . 1:35 p.m. April 8 at Pittsburgh Pirates. . . 1:35 p.m. April 15 vs. New York Mets . . . 1:35 p.m. April 21 at San Diego Padres. . . 8:35 p.m. April 22 at San Diego Padres . . . 4:05 p.m. April 23 at Ariz.
April 4, 2011 |
Southwest Airlines has canceled eight flights to or from Philadelphia International Airport today after the airline grounded part of its fleet for safety inspections. The inspections of about 80 of the airline's Boeing 737-300 jets were ordered over the weekend after a 5-foot tear opened up in the skin of a plane carrying 118 people, forcing it to make an emergency landing at a military base in Arizona. Canceled flights to Philadelphia include: 1654 from Manchester; 730 from Boston; 3320 from Boston; 2088 from Providence.
August 2, 2013 |
Workers who push passengers in wheelchairs at Philadelphia International Airport have withdrawn complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation that alleged they did not receive proper training from their employer, PrimeFlight Aviation Services, and equipment to do their jobs safely. The workers dropped their action naming PrimeFlight and airlines including US Airways Group, United, and Southwest after seeing documentation that they had received the required training. In May, the workers alleged violations of the federal Air Carrier Access Act and asked the Transportation Department to impose fines and order the airlines to force PrimeFlight to correct the problems.