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February 13, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
There is something to be said for speaking in one voice. Key promoters of the city and region certainly think so, having all agreed to adopt a new marketing tagline - "PHL: Here for the Making. " In coming days, you can expect to see it in ads and promotions by the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Select Greater Philadelphia, the Convention Center, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., and Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association.
NEWS
January 23, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia International Airport had about 593 canceled arriving and departing flights as of Tuesday afternoon. Airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said at 3:30 p.m. there were "very few people" in the terminals. She said one runway was open, and the airport was operational. "Crews are working tirelessly to keep all paved surfaces clear," Lupica said. Airport officials had a conference call with airlines, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
BUSINESS
November 22, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter dined on smoked chicken wings, viewed a photo exhibit celebrating the Pennsylvania Ballet's 50th anniversary, and met staff at the posh XpresSpa Wednesday, all in Philadelphia International Airport's newly renovated Terminal F. US Airways chief operating officer Robert Isom came in for the grand opening of the terminal expansion. Travelers mingled with airline and airport employees and the workers in 20 new shops and restaurants in Terminal F served up tasty, free food - including pulled pork sandwiches, roast Brussels sprouts, homemade pretzels, and pastries.
NEWS
November 20, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 9, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
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.
BUSINESS
August 2, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
July 17, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Retail shops and restaurants at Philadelphia International Airport will be hiring about 300 workers to fill jobs at the newly renovated Terminal F and concession openings in other terminals. MarketPlace Philadelphia Management, in conjunction with the city Division of Aviation, and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, whose district includes the airport, plan to host a job fair 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 30 at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia. Applicants must have a resume to enter the Linc and multiple copies to give employers.
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
May 8, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Workers who push passengers in wheelchairs at Philadelphia International Airport filed complaints with the U.S. Transportation Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) alleging that their employer, PrimeFlight Aviation Services, and three airlines that contract with it failed to provide proper training and equipment to safely do their jobs. The complaints, filed Thursday, allege violations of the federal Air Carrier Access Act and ask the Transportation Department to impose fines and order US Airways, United Airlines, and Southwest Airlines to force PrimeFlight to correct the problems.
NEWS
May 3, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
business,tourism_casinos Zipcar Inc., the national car-sharing network based in Cambridge, Mass., announced Thursday that it is expanding to eight airports, including Philadelphia International. The cars, which can be reserved by members online at Zipcar.com, will be available to rent by the hour or the day here, starting Wednesday. Zipcars will be parked in the Avis Car Rental pick-up facility at Philadelphia airport. The company, a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group Inc., said travelers with long flight delays and layovers can, rather than sit in the airport for hours, reserve Zipcars to get out and explore the local area.
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