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NEWS
March 21, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
THAT TIME you spend waiting around for your next flight at Philadelphia International Airport could be spent investing in public education - if playing a one-armed bandit is your idea of investing. City Council will decide in the coming weeks whether to push for airport slot machines that would benefit Philadelphia's cash-strapped schools. Yesterday, it approved a resolution to hold hearings on the subject. The scheme would still need approval from state lawmakers in Harrisburg.
BUSINESS
May 8, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mike and Sue Edmonds were on Qatar Airways' inaugural flight to Doha from Philadelphia on Wednesday, on their way to visit their daughter, 22, a teacher in Bangkok. "We got an excellent fare - $950 round-trip to Bangkok," said Sue Edmonds. "We looked into Qatar Airways because it has a good reputation. It's a long flight. We wanted to be comfortable. We're very excited. " The couple from Emmaus, Lehigh County, joined dozens of passengers boarding the 10:15 a.m. flight, which had arrived from Doha two hours earlier to cheers and a water-cannon salute at Philadelphia International Airport.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2011 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three US Airways employees at Philadelphia International Airport have been fired, and a number of others disciplined, for selling their employer-issued "buddy" passes for a profit on flights between Philadelphia and Tel Aviv, Israel. The FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia are investigating, US Airways spokesman Todd Lehmacher said. The three employees fired were a US Airways manager, a fleet service agent, and a customer service agent, Lehmacher said. "Several employees were involved in a fraudulent ticket scheme that involved using employee travel benefits to and from Tel Aviv," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last May, a Brooklyn-based do-it-yourself craft school and "makerspace" called 3rd Ward came to Philadelphia. The 27,000-square-foot temple to DIY in Northern Liberties was hyped as a new creative engine for the city, and the first step in the New York institution's nationwide expansion. Then, five months later, it shut down. But those who long for a place to brew beer, screen-print T-shirts, sew aprons, build terrariums, and make pickles have a second chance - albeit on a much humbler scale.
NEWS
November 23, 2011 | Staff Report
The FAA has directed flights bound for Philadelphia International Airport to delay takeoff from their originating airports because of low cloud cover here. The "ground delay" is intended to prevent a backup in case flights already en route are slowed in landing because of the weather. The action is delaying flights an avarage of 20 minutes, the FAA said. Passengers and those picking up arrivals are advised to check www.phl.org or call 1-800-745 4283 for the latest flight information.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia International Airport is the 18th busiest U.S. airport in passenger traffic, with 30.5 million air travelers last year. The nation's busiest passenger airport, Atlanta, handled 94.4 million fliers, while 66.8 million traversed Chicago O'Hare, according to Airports Council International. Among airports with the fastest passenger growth, Philadelphia was No. 25 among the top 50. Passenger traffic here was up 1 percent. How does the nation's sixth-largest metro area by population come in No. 18 in passengers?
NEWS
October 18, 2011 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Going somewhere this winter? For the price of less than a tank of gas, one airline says it will take you there. Southwest is offering one-way tickets to selected destinations starting at $35. Of course it's during the off-season. That is, it applies to flights Nov. 30 through Dec. 14 and from Jan. 4 through Feb. 15. And the fares won't be valid for travel on Sundays, usually a big day for business travelers. The deeply-discounted fares are on sale until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time Thursday.
NEWS
December 15, 2011 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The emptied piece of luggage was unusually heavy. Wilson Miguel Jaquez Torres, 23, arrived at Philadelphia International Airport on Sunday afternoon on a flight from the Dominican Republic. Torres, of Philadelphia, approached a customs officer with a sports duffel bag in hand. The officer got a "tingling feeling," said Steve Sapp, spokesman for Customs and Border Patrol Protection. Something didn't seem right with Torres or his baggage. So the officer referred him for a second inspection.
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