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NEWS
March 17, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Police have identified the janitor accused of stealing a pilot's bag containing a gun that was left in a men's restroom at Philadelphia International Airport on Saturday. Victor Sheard, 31, of the 2000 block of Sigel Street in South Philadelphia, has been charged with theft, receiving stolen property and carrying a firearm without a license. He is accused of taking a bag left unattended by a Republic Airlines pilot in a men's restroom between the A and B terminals. Sheard, who posted bail Monday, faces a March 29 preliminary hearing.
NEWS
March 16, 2016 | By Dana DiFilippo, STAFF WRITER
A pickup truck driven by an airport worker smashed into an empty commuter airplane at Philadelphia International Airport around lunchtime Monday. The driver, a 62-year-old man, was injured and taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan said. His condition was not immediately known. The incident happened at American Eagle's Gate F38 around 12:30 p.m., witness Tony Richards said. "We were all standing there, and I just saw a car hitting the back of the plane," Richards said.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
Pilot error by the captain and first officer was the "probable cause" of the aborted takeoff and subsequent nose-gear collapse of US Airways Flight 1702 in March 2014, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday. None of the 149 passengers and five crew headed to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., just before 6 p.m. March 13 was injured. All were evacuated on emergency slides at Philadelphia International Airport. "The flight crew members exhibited a self-induced pressure to continue the takeoff, rather than taking the time to ensure the airplane was properly configured," the NTSB said in a final report.
NEWS
February 19, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
American Airlines will debut new luxury "Flagship" lounges for First- and Business- class international travelers at three airports, including Philadelphia International, Dallas Fort Worth, and Miami International, American said Wednesday. American presently has four "Admirals" lounges for frequent fliers in Philadelphia at Terminals F, B-C, A-East, and A-West. The fancier Flagship Lounge will be built in Terminal A-West where currently an Admirals club is located, the airline said.
NEWS
February 5, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, STAFF WRITER
Mark E. Gale, former Philadelphia International Airport CEO, has been hired as aviation director of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida. The Broward County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to hire Gale, on the recommendation of the Broward County administrator. He will begin in March, and succeed retiring aviation director Kent George. Gale, 53, who spent 28 years at Philadelphia International, including seven as CEO, will earn $270,000 a year, and receive a car allowance of $450 a month, according to the offer letter from Broward County administrator Bertha W. Henry.
NEWS
January 27, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, STAFF WRITER
About 9 percent of departing flights were canceled at Philadelphia International Airport Monday, and another 5 percent were delayed, in the aftermath of the weekend storm that that dropped near-record snowfalls from Washington, D.C. to New York City. Philadelphia International listed 53 cancelled flights originating in Philadelphia Monday, and 30 delayed flights, according to the flight tracking website, flightaware.com. American Airlines, which operates 76 percent of scheduled flights in Philadelphia, cancelled 219 flights across its network Monday, or about 7 percent, according to flightaware.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, STAFF WRITER
Airlines have canceled all flights in and out of Philadelphia International Airport on Saturday. The airport will remain open and crews will be working to clear snow from the runways so that flights can resume Sunday morning. "We're going to be working to keep at least one runway clear just in case of flight diversions or an emergency," airport spokeswoman Mary Flannery said. "Other runways and taxiways will be cleared, too, in anticipation of resuming operations on Sunday. " Some airlines have canceled flights here, beginning Friday evening.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Frontier Airlines will add flights to 10 new cities from Philadelphia this spring, among 42 new routes nationwide announced by the Denver-based airline on Thursday. Flights from Philadelphia International Airport to New Orleans; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and Indianapolis will begin April 14. Nonstop flights to Nashville, Cleveland, and St. Augustine, Fla., will start April 15. Frontier will begin flying to Cincinnati on May 13, to Austin, Texas, on May 15, and to Kansas City, Mo.; and Milwaukee on June 2. One-way fares on the new routes were advertised on the airline's website, flyfrontier.com, as low as $59 to $99 Thursday.
NEWS
December 31, 2015 | Staff Report
The rainy, cloudy weather is delaying some flights to and from Philadelphia International Airport. Arrival delays on affected flights were averaging close to an hour and 25 minutes as of 2:15 p.m., the FAA reports. The delays in getting to Philadelphia are causing some flights to leave later than scheduled on turnaround. For information, check with your airline or go to www.phl.org
BUSINESS
November 10, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia International Airport handles 30.7 million travelers and nearly 420,000 airplane takeoffs and landings a year. By another measure the airport is among the best at connecting passengers around the world, according to a recent study, and it's dominated by one major airline. Among major airline hubs, or so-called megahubs, Philadelphia is the 14th-most-connected airport in the world, and No. 11 in the United States. The aviation data firm OAG calculated that on a single peak summer travel day - Aug. 7, 2015 - fliers passing through or beginning trips in Philadelphia had 87,483 possible flight connections within an eight-hour period.
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