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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.